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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?

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.


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

Christopher Grayce

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