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Daily Express readers live 20 year longer (and so do their mice)

IN “PILL TO EXTEND LIFE BY 20 YEARS”, the Daily Express has news of a life-extending “gene“. Given the title’s demographic, that pill might soon be administered free at the point to sale to all Express readers.

Lucy Johnston takes up the story:

A GENE that could hold the key to extending life by up to two decades has been identified.

Could?

Scientists hope the discovery will lead to the creation of a pill to help older people stay fitter, healthier and live longer – a breakthrough akin to finding “the fountain of youth”.

Hope?

The gene is found in all mammals and is known to protect against age-related cell damage. Scientists manipulated the gene, SIRT6, in laboratory mice and found it extended their lifespan by up to 15 per cent.

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Posted: 11th, March 2012 | In: Technology | Comments (2)