Master Decoder: A Profile of Kári Stefánsson
Master Decoder: A Profile of Kári Stefánsson
A neurologist by training, Stefánsson founded Iceland-based deCODE Genetics to explore what the human genome can tell us about disease and our species’ evolution.
Master Decoder: A Profile of Kári Stefánsson
Master Decoder: A Profile of Kári Stefánsson

A neurologist by training, Stefánsson founded Iceland-based deCODE Genetics to explore what the human genome can tell us about disease and our species’ evolution.

A neurologist by training, Stefánsson founded Iceland-based deCODE Genetics to explore what the human genome can tell us about disease and our species’ evolution.

longevity
New Study Questions Whether Death Rate Levels Off in Old Age
New Study Questions Whether Death Rate Levels Off in Old Age
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 21, 2018
A demographer’s model suggests the “mortality plateau” in the extreme elderly could be explained by clerical errors. Not everyone agrees.
Risk of Dying Levels Off in Super Old Age: Study
Risk of Dying Levels Off in Super Old Age: Study
Kerry Grens | Jun 28, 2018
The researchers say that their results are evidence we haven’t yet reached a limit to human lifespan.
Another Bird Telomere Study, Different Results
Another Bird Telomere Study, Different Results
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 21, 2018
Two studies examining the effects of parents’ ages on their offsprings’ telomere lengths come to opposite conclusions.  
13-Million-Person Family Tree Reveals Stories of Human History
13-Million-Person Family Tree Reveals Stories of Human History
Ashley Yeager | Mar 2, 2018
Crowdsourced data from Geni.com, which includes the actor Kevin Bacon, answers questions about marriage, migration, and more.
Could Rapamycin Help Humans Live Longer?
Could Rapamycin Help Humans Live Longer?
Anne N. Connor | Mar 1, 2018
From extending lifespan to bolstering the immune system, the drug’s effects are only just beginning to be understood.
Study: Telomeres Don’t Shorten with Age in Longest-Lived Bats
Study: Telomeres Don’t Shorten with Age in Longest-Lived Bats
Diana Kwon | Feb 8, 2018
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.
Genetic Mutation in Amish Linked to Longer Life
Genetic Mutation in Amish Linked to Longer Life
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 16, 2017
Mutations in both copies of SERPINE1 can result in blood clotting disorders, but carriers might enjoy longer lifespan and health benefits. 
Mitochondrial Networks Explain Why Caloric Restriction Extends Worms’ Lives
Mitochondrial Networks Explain Why Caloric Restriction Extends Worms’ Lives
Jef Akst | Nov 7, 2017
Maintaining dynamic connections among the body’s mitochondria is required for the health and life-extending benefits of low-calorie diets for nematodes.
Studies: Ketogenic Mice Live Longer, Healthier Lives
Studies: Ketogenic Mice Live Longer, Healthier Lives
Bob Grant | Sep 5, 2017
High-fat, low-carbohydrate diets are shown to increase lifespan and preserve memory in two independent mouse experiments.