Worms May Hold The Key To Living Longer!

The longevity finding that came from a C. elegans aging study.

Adara Hagman
6 min readJan 11, 2020
C. elegans (Credit: New Atlas)

Yep, you read that right. Worms… yes, worms may hold the key to extending the lifespan of humans! 😎

That’s. So. Crazy. #mindblown

I’m talking about a specific species of worms — the Caenorhabditis elegans a.k.a. C. elegans, our little buddy in the picture a couple of sentences up. ⬆️

Recently, this worm was used in an aging study by researchers at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory that was able to increase its lifespan by 500%!

Before I dive into this experiment, I’ll give a brief background into a field known as Longevity and why we might want to extend the lifespan of humans.

What if we could live forever? 💭

I think many of us have asked ourselves this question at least once, or something along the lines of what if we could live longer than humans usually do?

Well it turns out a lot of people would love to live longer and with a field called Longevity, this may become a reality in our lifetime.

Longevity is the study of extending one’s life expectancy.