Google Believes Secret to Longevity May Lie in Naked Mole Rats
For centuries, the mystery of aging has plagued mankind, but not naked mole rats. Calico Labs has received $1.5 billion from Google to find out what humans can learn from the strange little rodents.
Ponce de Leon’s search for the Fountain of Youth in the 1500s may be mythical, but Google is entirely serious about its new research funding. Calico Labs, short for the California Life Company, is home to a large number of the naked mole rats, valued for their 30-year-long lifespans, which dwarf those of similar animals like mice that typically live for less than two years.
The difference between a mouse’s lifespan and a naked mole rat’s is so stark that Calico Labs has partnered with Maine’s Jackson Laboratory to study the molecular signature of aging in the blood, feces or urine of 1,000 mice for seven years.