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Secret to Long Life May be Found in Whale DNA

Scientists may have found the key to prolonging human life after discovering the genes that give the world’s longest lived mammals a lifespan of more than 200 years.

By studying the genetic patterns of the bowhead whale, researchers found the unique genes linked to resisting cancer and repairing DNA damage.

Most mammals die well before reaching the age of 100, but scientists have long tried to understand how bowheads outlive other whales species and avoid illnesses including heart disease and cancer.

Separate studies in the UK and America have extensively mapped the whales’ genetic patterns and allowed scientists to identify the specific genes linked to longevity.

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