Caenorhabditis elegans: a platform for accelerating research on ageing

Published on January 30, 2017   27 min

Other Talks in the Series: Aging

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Hello, and welcome to this presentation on the use of the nematode worms Caenorhabditis elegans in ageing research. My name is Nektarios Tavernarakis. I'm a Professor at the University of Crete Medical School, and a Research Director at the Foundation for Research and Technology in Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
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I will begin by introducing and defining the phenomenon of ageing, in relation to biological systems. I will then introduce Caenorhabditis elegans, focusing primarily on its biology, features and advantages relevant to ageing research. In the following part of the talk, I will give you an overview of the main factors and mechanisms that have been discovered to influence ageing in the nematode. In the last part, I will present some of our own work that directly implicates mitochondrial turnover in the regulation of organism lifespan, and which demonstrates the versatility of C. elegans as a tool to dissect the cellular and molecular underpinnings of ageing.
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Caenorhabditis elegans: a platform for accelerating research on ageing

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