'Longevity Gene' Common Among People Living To 100 Years Old And Beyond

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 09:56 in Biology & Nature

Kiel scientists show that 100-year-old Europeans carry a special sequence variation of the FOXO3A gene. A variation in the gene FOXO3A has a positive effect on the life expectancy of humans, and is found much more often in people living to 100 and beyond – moreover, this appears to be true worldwide. Scientist have now confirmed this assumption by comparing DNA samples taken from 388 German centenarians with those from 731 younger people.

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