When 115 is the new 80: the secret to dying young at a very old ...

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When 115 is the new 80: the secret to dying young at a very old age

We shouldn't be checking out at four score, according to a scientist who say genes found in centenarians may be the key

Camilla Cavendish

What can very old people teach us about how to stay young? A great deal, according to Dr Nir Barzilai, professor of genetics and medicine at Albert Einstein College in New York.

Barzilai has found that many centenarians (100 or older) age more slowly than the rest of us. He and his team have identified genes that seem to explain the process, and he believes we are not far off developing medicines that might replicate those genes in everybody.

“We have the capacity to live to 115,” says Barzilai, who has the appearance of a cuddly uncle, but fires off a passionate volley of information in his strong Israeli accent. “But we die now before the age of 80, and we accumulate lots of diseases. We can do much better than that – and we have the proof.”..

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