The Hempels werent scientists, but they poured themselves into research parsing the language of obscure scientific papers they found on the Internet. Addi and Cassi recuperate at Childrens Hospital, Oakland. In December 2007, Chris spotted one in the Journal of Lipid Research. Scientists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School kept a colony of mice with a version of Niemann-Pick disease. When they were treated with a compound called cyclodextrin, the animals lived nearly twice as long. Cylclodextrin is a form of sugar. Its used in consumer products like detergent and air freshener because it can bind to odor-causing molecules. In the pharmaceutical industry, it is sometimes used as an excipient: a delivery vehicle to mix with an active ingredient.
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