Genomics’ Holy Grail: The Secret to Super-Longevity Lies in your Genes

04/01/2016 - 4 minutes

The search for the Holy Grail in aging has long been a focus in regenerative medicine, which poses the question: why do some of us age better than others?

Now growing evidence in Genomic Studies shows that there are key genetic players in the Aging game…

genes_genome_aging_longevityEver since the Human Genome Project, which began 25 years ago, the tools available to researchers have transformed our understanding of population genetics and the complex nuances which lie within our own individual genomes.

In a recent paper published in PLOS Genetics, teams from several European research centres have revealed there is indeed a tangible molecular mechanism behind the complex phenotype of ‘super longevity’ (long-life). And this has been roughly linked to certain single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs – simple mutations in the code) at particular genetic locii…

In the study led by Stuart Kim at Stanford University (US), researchers looked to pool data from the other research centres also studying aging,

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