For the first time ever, biologists have regenerated an organ in a living animal. They did so by manipulating a single protein in elderly mice that makes their bodies rebuild their thymuses, an organ of the immune system. It's the first time an organ has been repaired with a chemical trigger and not via stem cell… » 4/10/14 9:30am 4/10/14 9:30am

Craig Venter's new longevity startup will make "100 the new 60"

Biotechnologist Craig Venter — the first scientist to map the human genome and create synthetic life — now wants to dramatically extend the human lifespan. His new company, Human Longevity Inc., will use both genomics and stem cell therapies to help people stay healthy and vibrant for as long as possible. » 3/05/14 7:35am 3/05/14 7:35am

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

​Scientists engineer worms to live the equivalent of 500 human years

In an experiment that even caught the researchers by surprise, nematode worms had their lifespans increased by — get this — five times. By tweaking two longevity-related genes, the researchers created an unexpected feedback effect that radically amplified lifespan. The technique could eventually be used to treat… » 12/16/13 2:20pm 12/16/13 2:20pm

No, Extreme Human Longevity Won’t Destroy the Planet

It’s only a matter of time before humanity solves the aging problem. And resistance to radical life extension has already begun, driven by fears of overpopulation and the exhaustion of our planet's resources. Here’s why the critics are wrong. » 10/02/13 11:52am 10/02/13 11:52am

Naked mole rats are even freakier than we thought

Naked mole rats are the superheroes of the animal kingdom. They live nine times longer than other rodents and they’re essentially immune to cancer. And now scientists think their extreme longevity can be attributed to their exceptionally strange ribosomes. » 10/01/13 2:40pm 10/01/13 2:40pm

This glowing blue death worm could hold the key to human longevity

In an eerie discovery, we've found that dying worms emit an intense, blue glow that begins in their intestines before radiating outward into their entire bodies. Studying this "death fluorescence" allows researchers to understand how age-related death works in humans — and possibly, pathways to slowing it. » 7/23/13 3:20pm 7/23/13 3:20pm

Lust for life: Breaking the 120-year barrier in human aging


In rich countries, more than 80% of the population today will survive past the age of 70. About 150 years ago, only 20% did. In all this while, though, only one person lived beyond the age of 120. This has led experts to believe that there may be a limit to how long humans can live. » 7/05/13 8:00am 7/05/13 8:00am

The average human lifespan, illustrated with jelly beans

Ze Frank takes a break from disseminating true facts about the seahorse (nature's most romantic and poorly made creature) and the echidna (the most adorable creature on Earth with a four-headed penis) to talk, rather movingly, about the time we have and how we spend it. » 6/24/13 8:40am 6/24/13 8:40am

Do these startling longevity studies mean your lifespan could double?

Biologists have successfully extended the life spans of some mice by as much as 70%, leading many to believe that ongoing experimentation on our mammalian cousins will eventually lead to life-extending therapies in humans. But how reliable are these studies? And do they really apply to humans? We asked the experts. » 4/30/13 1:15pm 4/30/13 1:15pm