Could a 200-year-old whale offer clues to help humans live longer?

January 5, 2015 7:38 PM

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Could a 200-year-old whale offer clues to help humans live longer?

Scientists are hoping the fountain of youth might be hidden inside a whale species that can live up to 200 years.

Joao Pedro de Magalhaes and his team at the University of Liverpool sequenced the genome of the bowhead whale, the longest living mammal on earth. The team wanted to understand why they live so long and don't succumb to some of the same illnesses as humans do earlier in life.

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