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Humans Have Live Up to 100+ Years, But What If We Could Live for 500 Years?

by Rukmani Krishna on December 16, 2013 at 11:09 PM
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 Humans Have Live Up to 100+ Years, But What If We Could Live for 500 Years?

A new study has shown that if what works for worms can be applied to humans, then living to the ripe old age of 500 might be a possibility for us too.

Experts tweaked two genetic pathways in the lab worm Caenorhabditis elegans and increased its lifespan five-fold, News.com.au reported.

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US lead scientist Dr Pankaj Kapahi, from the Buck Institute of Age Research, said that the two mutations set off a positive feedback loop in specific tissues that amplified lifespan, asserting that the worms lived to the human equivalent of 400-500 years.

According to Kapahi, while living for hundreds of years would be difficult, the study has raised the prospect of anti-ageing treatments based on genetic interactions.
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The new study involves blocking key molecules affecting the insulin action and a nutrient signalling pathway called Target of Rapamycin (TOR).

Single mutations in the TOR pathway were known to up the lifespan of C. elegans by 30 per cent, while insulin-signalling mutations could double the amount of time they lived; adding the two together was expected to extend longevity by 130 per cent - but it turned out to be much higher.

The new research has been published in the journal Cell Reports.

Source: ANI
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