Why Supercentenarians Hold the Key to Extended Life

Supercentenarians are rare people who have reached the age of 110 and remain fit. Amazingly, many of them never get sick, despite having some bad health habits in some cases. Scientists say it all comes down to genetics — which could lead to a gene therapy that promotes longevity. Here's how super-c's will help us… » 1/03/14 11:27am 1/03/14 11:27am

Bees pay a steep price for that whole "perpetuating the species" thing

If you're going to be reborn as a worker bee, make sure you don't do it in the summer. That's the time of year when the queen bee demands the most jelly to feed her young, and once that work is done, bees typically die just two weeks later. But in winter, otherwise identical bees can live six to seven months, which is… » 4/21/13 5:00pm 4/21/13 5:00pm

People who age prematurely could soon benefit from rejuvenation…

Humans age at different rates, as a result of various factors like lifestyle and genetics. Now, a new study from the ENGAGE Consortium suggests that people who age faster are at an increased risk of developing age-related diseases like heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and various cancers. The researchers suggest… » 3/29/13 3:40pm 3/29/13 3:40pm

Does the science of aging suggest we're 'programmed to die'?

In an effort to slow down — and even halt — the aging process, scientists are increasingly turning their attention to the various external and internal factors that give rise to it. As this new video by AsapSCIENCE shows, we're all slaves to a biological clock that's been ticking away since the moment we were born —… » 3/14/13 6:20am 3/14/13 6:20am

Longevity scientist Aubrey de Grey sets the record straight about…

Aubrey de Grey, a software engineer turned gerontology expert in the UK, is known for his controversial books and lectures about how humans will eventually extend their lifespans. Currently he's the Chief Science Officer at SENS Foundation, a nonprofit in Silicon Valley aimed at funding new biotechnologies that could… » 1/30/12 10:15am 1/30/12 10:15am

Animals who live fast and die young could be the key to human life…

Humans age very slowly, but the older we get, the more likely death gets. Not every animal follows that pattern though - some species live for only very short periods, but their age doesn't actually seem to affect when they die. Figuring out why these animals age the way they do could help us understand why humans… » 2/15/11 1:53pm 2/15/11 1:53pm