Long-lived people distinguished by DNA

Study finds genetic signatures of the extremely old

By Tina Hesman Saey, 16:53 PM January 30, 2012

People who live to be 100 often credit particular dietary or lifestyle habits, religious faith or a generally positive outlook for their aging success. But scientists have long believed extreme longevity is at least partly in the genes.

Certainly long lives seem to run in families. People who have a centenarian sibling stand a better chance of also living to 100 than most people do, and twin studies suggest that genes are responsible for about 20 to 30 percent of a person’s ability to live ...

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