Seeking Long Life’s Secrets

Within the mouths of the very old, some scientists hope to find the genetic secrets of living a long and healthy life.

In an effort called the Methuselah Project, Connecticut biotech entrepreneur Dr. Jonathan Rothberg plans to extract DNA from the saliva of 100 people over the age of 95 in the hopes of identifying the versions of their genes that confer such remarkable longevity.

“The great thing is that we know the genes have to be there, that these people have a better version of genes,” Rothberg said. “I’ll bet right now that there are some number of proteins that allow people to play tennis when they are 98, and also play chess.

“After all, the goal is not to live to 100, but live to 100 with intellect and general well-being.”

Source:  Hartford Courant

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