The researchers screened more than 1,000 people, less than 5 percent of whom qualified as bona-fide super-agers.
Fixing body tissues by knocking out genes that prevent bad mitochondrial from being ousted in a timely fashion might sound like science fiction.
A desirable option would be to use CRISPR gene editing to essentially cut out the unwanted gene. There are, however, many challenges ahead.
A team at Harvard has identified molecules that restore protective caps on the tips of our chromosomes that regulate cells ageing.
Like insulin pumps and cardiac pacemakers, the medical implants of the future will go where they are needed, on or inside the body.
Is life extension theoretically and technologically possible? Is it desirable for the individual and society? What actions should we take?
The first big problem is death. Roughly 90 percent of everybody who has been alive has died by now.
It has recently been suggested that humans could live to 150 by 2020 simply by taking a certain supplement.
We might be the new generation of supercentenarians. Naturally, that comes with responsibilities and consequences.
Genetic studies have now firmly established that ageing is regulated by specific genes conserved from yeast to mice.