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The Future of Human Longevity: A Demographer's Perspective

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Science  17 Apr 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5362, pp. 395-397
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5362.395

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The lifespan of humans has been increasing steadily over the past few centuries. In this commentary, Wilmoth argues that the best predictor of how human lifespan will change in the future is a simple extrapolation of past trends.