I'm an undergrad right now. My personal research interests are in prevention/halting of the aging process, and degenerative diseases. Would going for an MD/PhD be at all helpful in this pursuit, over just a PhD in biomedical engineering/sciences? If at all possible, please don't take the rigor of MSTP programs or how hard it is to gain acceptance into account--I'm just curious as to whether there is any true academic benefit to be gained through an MD for this particular area of research. The thing is, I really like and appreciate the idea of translational research--however, I'm not sure if it would be an effective technique for my research when working with such broad goals that will probably take place over a longer time period. Thanks for any and all advice!