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An extra dose of this longevity hormone helped make mice smarter

Protein associated with longer life helps turn Pinky into the Brain.
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A shot of klotho, a hormone associated with longevity, seems to make mice smarter.

Klotho, in ancient Greek mythology, is one of the Fates controlling the span of human destiny tasked as she was with cutting the string that determined the length of a person’s life. Klotho is also a naturally occurring hormone in the body. More than two decades ago, Japanese researchers discovered that this hormone plays a role in aging. People with more klotho in their body, tend to and to retain more of their faculties—that is

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