Your cells look young for their age, compared to a chimp's: The secret to human longevity may lie in clock-like epigenetic changes that tick slower for humans than other primates
September 22, 2020
Many humans live to see their 80s, some even reach 100. But chimpanzees rarely make it past 50, despite sharing 99% of our genetic code. While modern medicine has added years to human lifespans, a study points to a more ancient explanation why humans are the long-lived primate. Part of the secret to human longevity may lie in chemical changes to our DNA that slowed the rate of aging after human ancestors diverged from chimps.
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