Midmorning Hour 2 for July 23, 2009
Rhesus monkeys at University of Wisconsin-Madison courtesy of Jeff Miller/University of Wisconsin-Madison Guests Richard Weindruch: Gerontologist and researcher, directs the Aging and Cancer Developing Program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and leads the study on caloric restriction in monkeys. Robert Butler: Gerontologist, psychiatrist and president/CEO of the International Longevity Center-USA. His book "Why Survive? Being Old in America" won a Pulitzer Prize. Richard Miller: Associate Director for Research, Geriatrics Center at the University of Michigan.
Newly published research on monkeys' diets suggest that a restricted-calorie diet could be the key for humans to live longer. How is scientific research changing our view of longevity, and will it give clues to how we will age in the future?
Rhesus monkeys, left to right, Canto, 27, on a restricted diet, and Owen, 29, a control subject on an unrestricted diet, are pictured at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on May 28, 2009. The two are among the oldest surviving subjects in a pioneering long-term study of the links between diet and aging in Rhesus macaque monkeys, which have an average life span of about 27 years in captivity. courtesy of Jeff Miller/University of Wisconsin-Madison View full gallery