Supercentenarian DNA May Hold the Ultimate Secret to Longevity

Find the right genes and we’ll have a way to prolong life and good health, perhaps indefinitely.

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Better food, healthcare, working conditions, and safety protocols have allowed humans to live longer and healthier than ever before. In most developed countries today, the average lifespan is 80 years, while in 1906, a little more than 100 years ago, it was 48. Projections moving forward look so good that there’s a debate in the medical community on whether or not we can increase human longevity indefinitely.

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