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  • Writer's pictureKirk Hartley

Better Genes? Researchers Look for Clues in Long-lived Smokers

What a great idea: researchers used a cohort of long-lived smokers to seek out genetic and molecular reasons for why those persons did not die young of cancer or the many other tobacco-caused diseases. They found some interesting, suggestive data but of course it’s only one step on a journey. For the basic story, see this September 10, 2015 article in the Washington Post.  For the full paper (open access) go here.

Levine ME, Crimmins EM. A Genetic Network Associated With Stress Resistance, Longevity, and Cancer in Humans. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2015 Sep 9. pii: glv141. [Epub ahead of print]

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