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Longevity studies target drug from bacteria in soil

For years, the search for an anti-aging elixir focused on an ingredient found in red wine, resveratrol. But as studies have cast doubt on its ability to extend lifespans, evidence has mounted that an antibiotic produced by bacteria in soil on Easter Island has profound effects on longevity.

Boston-area researchers are working to untangle how that drug, called rapamycin, works and determine whether it could be harnessed to improve health.

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