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balancing stress resistance SKN-1 gene
Instead of completely deactivating a gene in an all-or-nothing approach, partially curbing its responses could strike a healthier balance between fighting infection and maintaining metabolism. (Photo/Aleksandr Simonov, Shutterstock)

Nutrition or pathogen? Balancing healthy metabolism and stress resistance

A study led by the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology indicates that the negative long-term effects of fighting off infections could be mitigated by tweaking how a specific gene directs cells to respond to stressors.