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Duke Researchers Believe Lemurs May Provide Clues to Longevity

by Ricky Piper Published on 31st Mar 2015

by Ricky Piper Published on 31st March 2015

In a recently published study, researchers at Duke University in the United States who analysed the varied lifespan of hundreds of lemurs, found that the animals capacity to survive in a form of 'suspended animation' sometimes for up to six months, had a direct impact upon its longevity in comparison to similar species. 

Scientists believe that identifying what exactly allows lemurs to exist in such a state and controls how long for, may eventually help to identify 'anti-aging' genes in humans beings. 

LIFEmag Summary:

The concept of suspended animation in humans as a means of prolonging life is not a new one, and it is arguably one of the least practical means of doing so. However, key to this study is the attempt to identify how suspended animation prolongs life, or rather, which biological systems are 'boosted' or even repaired by prolonged periods of suspended animation. If by some means this process can be recreated to generate the same effect without the requirement of months in hibernation, then of course, this can only be a good thing. 

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