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Have the aging gene or genes been located on the human chromosomes, and, if yes, will removing that gene slow the aging process?



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To my knowledge, no one has discovered THE aging gene in any eukaryotic organism. The closest thing I know of are some studies published in the journal Nature in which a gene in the nematode C. elegans was discovered which could extend the mean life span of the organism by about 20-fold when mutated. This is a pretty hot topic so try again in six months and there will probably be more information.

Rob


There's a survey article on aging in humans in the December 1992 issue of "Scientific American."

Christopher Grayce



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