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Next Avenue: New insights into what can help you stay healthy and live longer

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. It is part of an editorial partnership between Next Avenue and the American Federation for Aging Research, a national nonprofit with a mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research.

The year 2018 marked the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the first gene in any animal that, when mutated, lengthened its life. In that case, the animal was a tiny worm; today, worms are the workhorses of aging research, but back then it was a novelty. The gene was called age-1, and it extended the worm’s life by 50%.

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