Searching For Longevity Genes In China

Efforts to catalogue the genes responsible for natural longevity are starting up in China now (and reported at Betterhumans). You may recall that similar work has been underway in the US for a while, and the large Genetics of Healthy Aging study recently launched in Europe. Existing research into the genetics of longevity has dovetailed nicely with work on cancer mechanisms, heart conditions, and a number of other age-related disease: the more we learn, the easier it becomes to add new pieces to the puzzle that is human biochemistry. I am optimistic that we will continue to see useful results emerge from these research programs.



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