Live Long ... Perhaps

Posted by
DA Morgan on Jan 15, 2002 at 18:49 (

"Klotho," a gene named for the Greek Fate purported to spin the thread of life,
contributes to life expectancy in humans, according to a team led by Johns
Hopkins scientists who report their findings in the Jan. 15 online version of the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Studying more than 2,000 anonymous samples from three ethnically distinct
groups of people, the scientists found that having two copies of a less-common
version of klotho is twice as prevalent in infants as in people over age 65. These
results suggest that people born with the two copies die sooner than others,
although the gene's exact influence on health and aging are not known, the
scientists say.

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