Anti-Aging Experts Made a Million-Dollar Bet on Who Dies Last


Even 10 years ago, the idea of reversing aging and conquering human mortality was still fringe science, seen as snake-oil research by most scientists, large pharmaceutical companies, and the public. What a difference a decade makes. Anti-aging science is poised to become a major industry in the biotech world. » 2/23/15 1:00pm 2/23/15 1:00pm

Don't Cry for the Naked Mole Rat It Lives Forever and Doesn't Get Cancer

This creature can live 30 years. Are you terrified? Me too. But the naked mole rat might help us find the fountain of youth and a cancer cure, so I'm trying to reign in my desire for them all to perish. » 11/03/11 5:00pm 11/03/11 5:00pm

A tumor that could provide the key to making zombies

Today a group of medical researchers reported the discovery of something very intriguing in a type of pancreatic cancer called PanNET. Turns out PanNET is associated with mutations in two genes that help control a part of your DNA that determines whether you die. » 7/01/11 7:00pm 7/01/11 7:00pm

New Genetic Model Accurately Predicts Who's Likely to Live to 100

In 1997, Jeanne Louise Calment of France died at the age of 122, making her the oldest documented human to have ever lived. But is there something genetically unique about centenarians that enables them to age gracefully and relatively disease-free? » 7/02/10 1:20pm 7/02/10 1:20pm

Wanna Live Longer? Blocking Delicious Smells May Do It

A study of fruit flies that have had their scent genes mutated shows that they live up to 30% longer than normal flies. Quick, buy some noseplugs! » 4/22/10 3:00pm 4/22/10 3:00pm

Mighty Mouse Has One Less Gene, Lives 20% Longer

Sorry, Apple. Researchers have already created a mightier mouse: By deleting a single gene from a mouse's genetic makeup, they've enabled it to suffer fewer age related ailments and live 20% longer. On humans, that'd be about 16 bonus years. » 10/02/09 10:20pm 10/02/09 10:20pm