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Radical Longevity

Living 1,000 years or more and feeling like you’re 20

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Extreme Biology

In The Longevity Game, Shorter Men Win

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2 months ago

What's the Latest Development? A newly published paper in PLOS ONE using data from a nearly 50-year-old study reveals that a certain protective form of the longevity gene FOXO3 was commonly found in men who stood 5'2" or less, and that those men lived longer than their taller counterparts. In ...

Extreme Biology

Lifespans: How Long Is Too Long?

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12 months ago

What's the Latest Development? A Pew Research Center survey released this week described Americans' feelings about life expectancy and the possibility of extending it through advanced medical treatments. While a majority believed that a cure for cancer and improved prosthetic limbs are around ...

Extreme Biology

Can We Postpone Fate?

Fate
over 2 years ago

Is there any reason to avoid death? We all die eventually, but is it a destiny sealed in for a predetermined time, or do we actually have some control over how long we are on this Earth? Most of us like to believe we have some control over our fates. This is evident in all avenues of our ...

Extreme Biology

How to Regrow a Limb

Axlotl
over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? The loss of a human limb is a tragedy. We know that once they’re gone, mammalian arms and legs can't ever be restored. But if you cut off a salamander's leg - or tail - it will reappear in just a few weeks. The enigma of amphibian organ regeneration has puzzled scientists ...