Scientists may have found key to living to 200 after doubling the lifespan of worms

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Scientists may have found key to living to 200 after doubling the lifespan of worms



SCIENTISTS may have found the key to living to 200 — after they doubled the lifespan of worms.
They also found the wrigglers’ offspring were healthier than before.
Getty – Contributor Scientists may have found the key to living to 200 and staying younger for longer
Research showed that when a gene called DAF-2 was “switched off” in adult worms they lived for the human equivalent of 200 years, but could still reproduce normally.
DAF-2 also helps to control human ageing.
Dr Alexei Maklakov, from East Anglia University, said people might “stay younger for longer” if the gene was shut down in later life
Dr Maklakov said: “Understanding how and why we age is fundamental to improving quality of life in an increasingly long-lived society.
“It is often thought we age because of a slow accumulation of unrepaired cellular damage in our bodies – and that ageing is the result of energy trade-offs between growth, reproduction and survival.
“But we now know that switching off the function of certain genes in adulthood can increase longevity without a reproduction cost.”
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