Tag Archives: longevity in the wild

Studying both ends of that burning candle

A nice article on an excellent complimentary approach to “traditional” aging research. Instead of focusing on what goes wrong in Early-Agers, let’s focus on them, AND on what is different from normal in Super-Agers!

National Post | News

Louise Levy attends regular Tai-chi classes, retired three years ago from her secretarial job and says she would still be driving today if her car had not “conked out before I did.” None of which would be particularly unusual, except Mrs. Levy is 101 years old.

“My mind is still clear and I don’t have a memory problem,” says the resident of Rye, N.Y., about the latest chapter in a life that began when movies were silent and the Model-T Ford cutting edge. “It’s been absolutely marvelous.”

Mrs. Levy’s long and generally healthy life is the focus of a fascinating scientific study, itself at the forefront of a little-noticed but radical approach to medical research. Turning upside down the traditional quest to understand and cure specific diseases, some researchers are examining instead healthy and long-lived humans and animals for their biological secrets.

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By reverse engineering the source of that…

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Bowhead whales revealed as the world’s oldest living mammals

… and it’s all because of stone harpoon points found embedded in the whales’ bodies. Amazing story…

Popular Science Articles:

http://www2.gi.alaska.edu/ScienceForum/ASF15/1529.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-461703/Whale-survives-harpoon-attack-130-years-ago-worlds-oldest-mammal.html

Photo credit: Craig George and Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission

Some of the science behind the reports (let me know if you can’t access the paper):

http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/pdf/10.1139/z99-015