Scientists: Boost Lifespan 60 Percent by Deleting Genes

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TN Note: The holy grail of Transhumanism is longevity, and perceived mastery over the human genome – life itself – is creating a mad race to discover how to turn off aging altogether.

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.

Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified 238 genes that, when silenced, increase the lifespan of yeast cells.

Many of the genes are present in mammals, including humans, suggesting that switching them off could dramatically increase lifespan.

“This study looks at aging in the context of the whole genome and gives us a more complete picture of what aging is,” said lead author Dr Brian Kennedy.

“Almost half of the genes we found that affect aging are conserved in mammals.

“In theory, any of these factors could be therapeutic targets to extend healthspan. What we have to do now is figure out which ones are amenable to targeting.”

To determine which genes were responsible for ageing, researchers examined 4,698 strains of yeast, each with a single gene deletion and then monitored how long cells lived for before they stopped dividing.

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“The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists…”

May I use an old child’s quote? You first.

Because if YOU really believe in your research, then do it to yourself. If it fails, only YOU pay the price as it should be.

One should never ask another to do what the one will not do. That insures that the research is done correctly, no shortcuts, and that the one is positive enough in the work they do to actually stand behind it.

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