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Does Eating Less Extend Life?

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Lifespan extension due to dietary restriction has been demonstrated in species ranging from yeast to flies to mice – and even primates too. Credit: Baweg/iStockphoto

By Margo Adler

Dietary restriction extends the lives of species as diverse as yeast, flies and mice, but is this effect simply due to artificial conditions in the laboratory?

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