Scientists discover Genes responsible for Long Life of Bowhead Whales

January 6, 2015 5:30 AM

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Scientists discover Genes responsible for Long Life of Bowhead Whales

Bowhead whales are the longest lived mammals on the earth. These whales have a lifespan of about 200 years. According to scientists mapping the genomes of the bowhead whales, the mammal's mapping could be used to prolong the life of humans. Scientists had conducted a study on bowhead whales and found that the mammal rarely develops illnesses like heart disease and cancer.

Scientists from America and the United Kingdom (UK) had conducted separate studies and charted out the bowhead whales' genetic patterns. These studies provided surprising information about the whale's genes. According to scientists, they have identified some unique genes in the mammal that are linke...

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