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Fruit-fly genetical makeup may open path to extending human life


5 Feb, 2015 | by Ion Gireada | 0 comments
A common lab chemical may extend the lifespan of female fruit flies by as long as 68 percent, suggesting a new look at the aging process is needed, new research indicates. In lab environments worldwide, scientists have been engineering the genetic code of fruit flies by turning it on and…

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A longer lifespan may result in poor health


3 Feb, 2015 | by Ion Gireada | 0 comments
A longer life may be achieved by altering the genes, but the extended lifespan does not come with promises of extended health, new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School conducted a study of long-lived mutant C. elegans in which they show the genetically altered worms spend…

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Prize set up to discover elixir of life


13 Jan, 2015 | by Ion Gireada | 0 comments
An entrepreneur from Silicon Valley put up a $1 million prize enticing scientists to discover an “elixir of life”, so lifespan of humans can exceed its apparent maximum of 120 years. Fund manager Joon Yon says the chance of dying between ages 25 and 26 is only 0.1 percent, but…

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Sun’s influence to lifespan at birth


7 Jan, 2015 | by Ion Gireada | 0 comments
People born during periods of solar calm may live as much as five years longer on average than those born during a Sun storm, Norwegian scientists say. To reach this conclusion, scientists overlaid data of Norwegian people born between 1676 and 1878 with observations of the Sun. The study showed…