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Hints of a 'Master Gene' for Extreme Old Age

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Science  31 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5535, pp. 1570-1571
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5535.1570b

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Preliminary evidence, published in the 28 August issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that genetics plays a major role in the ability to survive to extremely old ages. If the results hold up, they promise to overturn some ideas about the mechanisms of aging--and they might eventually provide clues about how to slow the process.