Tag: longevity

Live Long And Prosper

We all measure our age in years, but results of a study lead by researchers at Kings College in London found what may be a better measurement of age — your genes. Using RNA-profiling to measure and compare gene expression in thousands of tissue samples, the researchers were able to develop what amounts ...

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Getting Long in the Telomeres

Robin Smith, Health Content Scientist Barring injury, disease or capture, some scientists believe that a lobster could live virtually forever. They are amongst a select group of animals, including tortoises, clams and jellyfish, that are "negligibly senescent." They don't age much. So why aren't we ...

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A Birthday Wish For A Supercentenarian

On her 105th birthday, Dominguita Velasco danced so long that her worried family asked her to sit down. When she turned 111, she had a party with friends and family and blew out the blaze of candles on her cake. Never far from her daughter, grandson and great grandchildren and always involved in her Oakland ...

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Studies of Extreme Longevity Extremely Challenging

By David Hinds, Chuong Do, and Shirley Wu In January we wrote about the challenging search for genetic influences on human longevity, touching on two of the most recent studies as examples of how elusive solid findings have been. Because one of these studies was a new version of a paper that was previously ...

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Seeking the Secrets of the Super Long-Lived

With analytical contributions from 23andMe Scientist David Hinds For all human history people have been obsessed with their own mortality. Early explorers searched the globe for the mythical “fountain of youth,” and now scientists are turning that exploration inward to look at the genomes of people who’ve ...

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Controversial Longevity Paper Formally Retracted

Last summer, a study published in the journal Science on the genetics of human longevity made a splash when the authors claimed that they had identified a genetic signature that could predict with 77% accuracy whether someone would live past 100. The bold findings immediately came under fire from other ...

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SNPwatch: Uncertainty Surrounds Longevity GWAS

[Update: This study was formally retracted by Science on July 22, 2011] A genome-wide association study of extreme longevity published last week in the journal Science has been receiving a lot of press attention.  The results are quite extraordinary: the authors identify 70 loci with genome-wide ...

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23andMe Longevity Survey: Help Us Discover the Keys to Living a Long, Healthy Life

From alchemists and the Philosopher's Stone to Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth, history is full of stories of people searching for a way to extend life indefinitely.  In recent years, discoveries about the biology of aging have brought us closer to that dream than ever before.  Now 23andMe is asking ...

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SNPwatch: Mounting Evidence That FOXO3A Contributes To Human Longevity

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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