October 29, 2014 | David

When I was 13, my pet rabbit died and I was heartbroken. What if we could give our pets pills that would make them live longer?

Scientists want to study the effect of the anti-ageing drug rapamycin on people's pet dogs. In mice the drug can extend life span by up to 13%, but we don't know if that will work for bigger animals. Life extension is exciting - for pets and people - but it's a tricky question: would you volunteer your pet for scientific research? I'm genuinely not sure...

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The study will look carefully for potentially negative side effects of the drug.

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