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Researchers find that while bats in the Myotis genus don’t produce telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens telomeres, they possess 21 telomere maintenance–related genes.

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Genetic Mutation in Amish Linked to Longer Life

By Katarina Zimmer | November 16, 2017

Mutations in both copies of SERPINE1 can result in blood clotting disorders, but carriers might enjoy longer lifespan and health benefits. 

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Maintaining dynamic connections among the body’s mitochondria is required for the health and life-extending benefits of low-calorie diets for nematodes.

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Studies: Ketogenic Mice Live Longer, Healthier Lives

By Bob Grant | September 5, 2017

High-fat, low-carbohydrate diets are shown to increase lifespan and preserve memory in two independent mouse experiments.

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Fingerprints of Ongoing Human Evolution Found

By Shawna Williams | September 5, 2017

Genetic variants in Alzheimer’s- and smoking-related genes appear to be under selection pressure, according to a study comparing the genomes of old and young participants.

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Study: Eating Less Helps Worms Learn

By Aggie Mika | August 2, 2017

Food restriction decreases a metabolite that impedes associative learning in worms. 

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Mutation Linked to Longer Life Span in Men

By Jef Akst | June 19, 2017

A deletion in a growth hormone receptor gene is tied to an average of 10 extra years of life among men, but not women, according to a study.

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Recolonizing middle-aged animals with bacteria from younger ones kept killifish alive longer than usual, researchers report.

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RNA Pathway Helps Keep Flies Alive

By Ben Andrew Henry | December 22, 2016

An anti-transposon pathway previously thought to function only in reproductive tissue also helps reduce harmful mutations in body cells of fruit flies.

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Mammals May Live Longer In Captivity

By Joshua A. Krisch | November 7, 2016

A study on 59 mammalian species in zoos finds that most live longer in captivity than in the wild, although these apparent longevity benefits differ across species.

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