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Aging Gracefully Requires Taking Out the Trash

Caption: Top: The image shows the brain of a normal, 15-day old fly. Bottom: Damaged proteins tagged for degradation (bright, red stain) start to accumulate in the brains of 15-day old flies in which the process of autophagy has been suppressed. These flies live only half as long as their normal counterparts.

Credit: Tim Finley

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