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Genetics

03 August 2011

Long life is in the genes

Researchers studied a population of Ashkenazi Jews who have lived to age 95 and older and found their eating and lifestyle habits were no better than of the general population.

Israeli researchers studied a population of Ashkenazi Jews who have lived to age 95 and older and found that their eating and lifestyle habits were no better than those of the general population.

The study involved 477 Ashkenazi Jews aged 95-122 who were living independently. A total of 75% were women. All were enrolled in an ongoing study that aims to uncover the secrets to longevity.

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Ashkenazi Jews were chosen because they are more genetically uniform than other populations, making it easier to spot gene differences that are present, said the study.

 

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