Jun 6, 2017

Gene identified that may explain why some people live beyond 100

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Japanese researchers have identified specific features of a gene that could hold the key to living beyond 100 and lead to the development of medicine for extra longevity.

Scientists at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, Keio University and other institutes said that centenarians and those close to that age share specific features of a gene that helps stem the spread of cancer and form bones.

“The gene we identified recently is not the sole actor determining longevity,” said Masashi Tanaka, chief of the Department of Clinical Laboratory at the institute. “But we believe that it plays a role in anti-aging in one way or another.”

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