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Wrangling Retrotransposons

By , and | March 1, 2015

These mobile genetic elements can wreak havoc on the genome. Researchers are now trying to understand how such activity contributes to the aging process.


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ROS Can Shorten or Lengthen Life

By | February 13, 2015

Reactive oxygen species have opposing effects on roundworm longevity depending on whether these molecules are in the mitochondria or the cytoplasm.


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Inferior Sperm

By | February 5, 2015

A study in an African bird species sheds light on age-related gamete decline.

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Methylation Predicts Mortality

By | February 3, 2015

A study finds a link between patterns of methylation in the human genome and people’s life span.


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Benefits of Missing MYC

By | January 22, 2015

Mice engineered to have just one copy of the gene Myc live longer, healthier lives than wild-type animals.

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Flavanols Could Mend Powers of Memory

By | October 27, 2014

In a small study, 50-to-69-year-olds performed better on a pattern recognition test after drinking antioxidants found in cocoa.


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Week in Review: October 6–10

By | October 10, 2014

Nobel Prizes awarded; transgenerational effects of mitochondrial mutations; fat-targeted gene knockdown; Ebola updates in Spain and U.S.


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Mom’s Mitochondria Affect Pup Longevity

By | October 9, 2014

Mitochondrial mutations inherited from the mother can shorten a mouse’s lifespan.

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Aged Wisdom

By | August 1, 2014

Supercentenarian Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper appeared on CNN in 2009, before donating her body to science and yielding insights into her remarkable longevity.


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In Old Blood

By | August 1, 2014

The body of a supercentenarian expands science’s appreciation for the physiological limits of aging.


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