Blog

Decoding the Secret to Longevity

Nov 3, 2011 | DNA science, Human Genome

Scientists are examining the DNA of centenarians, looking for a possible genetic link to longevity. George Eberhardt, 107 years old, is one of 100 healthy centenarians taking part in a study that ultimately hopes to identify genes that prevent age-related diseases and disorders.
This study is part of the Archon Genomics X Prize competition, funded by the same company who sponsored a spaceflight competition—$10 million in prize money is at stake for researchers who decipher the complete DNA code from 100 people older than 100.
The race to decipher the human genome dates back to 1990, when the Human Genome Project was born. A few male and female DNA samples were selected for sequencing as “representatives” of the human race, and the first draft of the human genome was completed in June 2000.
All people share 99.9% of their DNA, and the 0.1% is what makes us all unique. The race continues to identify specific portions of the human genetic code—composed of 3,164.7 million chemical nucleotide bases (A, C, T and G)—that gives some people, such as centenarians, a genetic advantage compared to others.
While Eberhardt professes that his secret to longevity is 70 years of marriage to his wife Marie, a study done at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York found that as a group, centenarians vary widely in their everyday habits—many were smokers, and few exercised or followed a vegetarian diet. This suggests that there may be protective features in centenarians’ DNA that overcomes the less-than ideal lifestyles of many centenarians.
For more information on the science of DNA, visit our DNA science page.
 

0 Comments

AABB Accredited DNA Testing: Why It Matters

AABB Accredited DNA Testing: Why It Matters

When people think of DNA testing, they often associate it with words like reliable, high-tech, and accurate. The reality, however, is that DNA testing is only as good as the laboratory performing the testing. In the absence of a government agency regulating or...

The Discovery of the DNA Double Helix: Why It Still Matters

The Discovery of the DNA Double Helix: Why It Still Matters

    A Momentous Find: DNA Double Helix Structure In 1953, two talented scientists, Francis Crick and James Watson, building on the earlier work of their colleague Rosalind Franklin, discovered a structure in cells containing the blueprint that makes each creature...

10 Helpful DNA Facts for Everyone

10 Helpful DNA Facts for Everyone

  With the popularity of DNA testing for ancestry and up-and-coming lifestyle tests for fitness, nutrition, skincare and more, the science of DNA has finally entered the mainstream of the American consciousness. Home DNA paternity test kits have been in retail stores...

DNA Science: Paternity and Family Relationship Testing

DNA Science: Paternity and Family Relationship Testing

DNA science has revolutionized the paternity and family relationship testing industry with a higher power of discrimination among individuals, non-invasive sample collection options, and faster turnaround time. Get your geek on and learn information about the...

Reach Us

Have questions or need assistance? Contact our team.

DNA Technology Park
1 DDC Way
Fairfield, OH 45014

Leave A Message