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The Silver Tsunami

The stakes are high as boomers retire and put greater demands on the health-care system. In 2017, the U.S. population will hit a tipping point. For the first time, people age 65 and older will outnumber those under 18, according to the National Institute on Aging. This shift is known as “The Silver Tsunami.”

Uncharted Territory

As adults live longer, the challenge of maintaining health through their senior years increases. Differences among individuals become more pronounced and older people may not respond to treatments as they would have when they were younger.

Biological Origami and Naked Mole Rats

Viviana Perez, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State, seeks to generate new insights into human aging through the study of protein homeostasis, dietary restriction and an immunosuppressant drug called rapamycin.

An Evolutionary Tale

We know that mutations in DNA enable organisms to evolve. But how? Jeremy Northway, an undergraduate in the Oregon State University Honors College, is intent on using this worm, known as C. elegans, to find answers.