Be fruitful and immortalize

  title={Be fruitful and immortalize},
  journal={Nature Genetics},
The oldest human, Jeanne Calment—who died last year at 122 years and 164 days—had forebears who lived to an exceptionally old age1. Recently, Tom Perls and colleagues, in a population-based study, found that many centenarians have long-lived siblings2. These observations, and others, have implicated a major hereditary influence on longevity. A recent meeting on the Genetics of Aging*—as well as several papers in this issue—shed new light on the many genetic factors and cellular processes that… CONTINUE READING