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UAMS Biochemist enters Mprize competition.

Dr. Craig A. Cooney, an epigenetics expert at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, is entering the competition to win the Methuselah Mouse Prize (Mprize).

The Mprize, a scientific research prize aimed at encouraging scientists to find a way to reverse the aging process, is a primary activity of the Methuselah Foundation.

The Mprize fund currently stands at more than $3 million. Prizes will be awarded to research groups that can most successfully extend the lifespan of laboratory mice.

"Age-related diseases cause people to die much younger than they should," said Cooney, "and from my research I foresee the possibility of slowing down or even curing these diseases. The Mprize is a great way to raise public awareness that the degeneration of aging is not inevitable."

Cooney studies the process of DNA methylafion or "epigenetics," which is the selective silencing of gene activity along specific segments of a DNA strand. His work at UAMS is being supported by a $5 million National Institute of Aging grant.

Cooney is an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at UAMS.
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Date:Oct 2, 2006
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