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There's a drug called rapamycin, which is showing promising results in anti-aging studies.

But that's not why I'm mentioning it here. I'm mentioning it because of this sentence from the abovelinked article:

A review committee decided to test this agent because rapamycin blocks a protein called "target of rapamycin," or TOR.

For all I know, that's a completely standard way to name proteins, but I'm nonetheless tickled. It's like naming a plant "FOD," for "food of deer." Or changing the term "President" to "GOP," for "goal of politicians."

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