Bats Drink from the Fountain of Youth

No grey hair. No fragile bones. Over the course of the winged creatures’ multi-decade life spans, bats seem to age a little more gracefully than humans. One thing people do have in common with the only flying mammal is our auditory systems, which are surprisingly similar. Bats may provide clues to solving age-related hearing loss, osteoporosis, arthritis, cellular damage and possibly even cancer, according to Alexander Galazyuk, Ph.D., and Lisa Cooper, Ph.D., associate professors of anatomy and neurobiology. The two researchers recently spoke with WSKU’s Jeff St. Clair about researching how bats may offer insights into age-related disease.  

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