The evolution of one of Earth’s longest-living mammals

Here’s an interesting experiment that I don’t recommend trying at home. Take a strain of mice, and choose what age you’d like them to live to. The average lifespan for mice in captivity is around two years, so let’s say you give them six months. Kill the first generation after six months, and do that…

How your ancestors’ lifestyle determines your lifespan

Here’s an interesting experiment that I don’t recommend trying at home. Take a strain of mice, and choose what age you’d like them to live to. The average lifespan for mice in captivity is around two years, so let’s say you give them six months. Kill the first generation after six months, and do that…

In the media: Clones, condiments and canines

TIL that one of my favorite condiments, Liquid Smoke, is basically just like eating advanced glycation end products (AGEs). That and other gems can be found in Buck Institute researcher Pankaj Kapahi’s seminar on metabolism and aging, here. here Our very own James Peyer talks about the trajectory of the anti-aging field at TEDxStuttgart. Also see Fight…

In the media: White papers, worms and “Why die?”

LEAF takes an incisive look at the popular “eternal snoozefest” view of life extension and knocks down that shaky extrapolation from elderly people’s will to live, along with several other misconceptions about boredom. LEAF “You want me to live in the beautiful Italian countryside, eat delicious Italian home cooking, and hang out at Italian beaches…

Research roundup: Ancient worms of the deep sea provide clues to the evolution of long lifespans, and more

Lessons from 300 year old tubeworms: Lessons The low 0.67% mortality rate … supports longevity theory, which states that in the absence of extrinsic mortality threats, natural selection will select for individuals that senesce slower and reproduce continually into their old age. The low 0.67% mortality rate … supports longevity theory, which states that in…

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