All posts tagged with aging

Cynthia Kenyon profile

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The Guardian has a profile interview with aging researcher Cynthia Kenyon: “Cynthia Kenyon: ‘The idea that ageing was subject to control was completely unexp...

Denisova APOE status

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I got thinking this evening about APOE, which includes a very well-known polymorphism of three alleles, where the most ancient (ApoE4) is associated signific...

114-year-olds are not mutants!

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Alexis Madrigal for the Atlantic: “The Surprisingly Mundane Genetic ‘Secrets’ of Earth’s Oldest People”.

Sequence the old, fast

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The Archon Genomics X Prize is a $10 million contest to see what company or organization can develop a low-cost accurate sequencing technology. The AP’s Malc...

Membership has its privileges

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A new paper in PNAS by Erik Trinkaus covers the mortality patterns of old versus young adults in Neandertals, early modern humans in the Levant and early Upp...

Bigger brains, more cancer?

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Rachael Rettner reports on a hypothesis that human cancer risk may be a side-effect of brain evolution. The hypothesis emerges from studies of gene expressio...

Worm longevity and the germline

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Nicholas Wade writes about experiments that link germline gene regulation to life extension in C. elegans:

Bottle gray

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According to this press release, gray hair in aging people is the result of a hydrogen peroxide metabolism gone haywire:

"Wellderly" and "Illderly" study

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I meant to point out this news article when it came out earlier this month. It’s a short description of a Scripps-Venter initiative to sequence 2000 healthy ...

Hunter-gatherer mortality

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Kim Hill and colleagues (2007) report in the current Journal of Human Evolution on the mortality profile of recent Hiwi hunter-gatherers. Here is their abst...

Genetics and lifespan

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The New York Times is carrying an article by Gina Kolata that discusses research on genetics and longevity. She has quotes from several big figures in the f...

Death of the frail

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I found this quote from Vaupel et al. (2003) very interesting:

She who spins the thread

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The gene's name is Klotho, the nicest of the three Fates. Science is reporting on a not-yet-available-to-me-at-least article about this gene, which affects ...

Appendix appendix

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Carl Zimmer (The Loom) is back from appendicitis, and has a Times article on ... appendicitis!

Prove Aubrey de Grey is a nut, win $20,000

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MIT Technology Review is offering a prize to any researcher in biogerontology who can write an essay demonstrating why Aubrey de Grey's SENS project is unwo...