Scientists discover gene that holds key to extending life 20 years

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The gene, SIRT6, in laboratory mice and found it extended their lifespan by up to 15 per cent.

A gene has been discovered by scientists that could hold the key to extending life by up to two decades.  The gene is found in all mammals and is known to protect against age-related cell damage.

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Secret of internal alarm clock discovered that allows some to get by on just four hours’ sleep

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People who had two copies of the gene ABCC9 slept significantly less than people with two copies of another version.

Scientists discover a gene that controls how long we sleep has been explaining why some people have their own internal alarm clock.

 

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Virus turns caterpillars into zombies using a single gene

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The caterpillar zombies are coming!

Think that zombies are just fiction? Not for caterpillars, it isn’t: there’s actually a virus that can turn healthy caterpillars into zombies.

The biology of the disease is quite fascinating as researchers found that all the virus had to do is modify a single gene in the caterpillar’s genome to turn it into a zombie..

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The Difference Between a Genius and an Idiot May Come Down to a Single Gene

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The brain on the left lacks normal folds and convolutions.

Out of the 3 billion letters in the human genetic alphabet only two genetic letters may spell the difference between being a genius or an idiot, according to a new report.

 

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Scientists Discover How a Rare Cancer Heals Itself

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New discovery could lead to new treatments for other types of cancer.

Researchers believe they have found a key gene involved in Ferguson-Smith disease, otherwise known as multiple self-healing squamous epithelioma (MSSE), a skin cancer that grows rapidly but then a few weeks later, inexplicably, heals itself.

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Left Wing Liberals are Born, Not Made

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Scientists discover gene associated with open mindedness.

Holding liberal views may be in the blood, believe scientists, after identifying a gene that makes you more open minded.   Researchers have discovered that the “liberal gene” opens you up to new ideas and alternative lifestyles – and could influence your belief in left wing politics.

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Scientists Discover Aging Gene Linked to Immunity and Disease Resistance

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Aging gene linked to immunity

British scientists studying the genetics of aging said that experiments on laboratory worms showed that a specific gene is strongly linked to lifespan, immunity and disease resistance.  Since the gene, called DAF-16 in worms, is found in many animals and in humans, the finding could open up new ways to affect aging, immunity and resistance in humans, the scientists said.

 

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Scientists Discover Gene Linked to Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers

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Gene linked to lung cancer in ‘never-smokers’

Scientists have discovered what they claim is a common gene that raises the risk of developing lung cancer in non-smokers, a breakthrough which may pave the way for new targeted therapies for patients.

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Hobbie-J, World’s Smartest Rat, Brings Hope For Future Dementia Patients

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Hobbie-J was injected with genetic material to boost the NR2B gene which controls memory when he was an enbryo.

Hobbie-J, named after a Chinese cartoon character, can remember objects for three times longer than other rats and is better at finding its way through mazes.  The rat, when it was an embryo, was injected with genetic material to boost the NR2B gene which controls memory.

 

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6 Hours of Sleep Not Enough Say Scientists

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Scientists have good and bad news for hard-driving people who boast they need only six hours of sleep a night. The good news is a few may be right: Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco have identified a family with a genetic mutation that causes members to require only six hours sleep a night. The bad news? The gene is vanishingly rare in humans, found in less than 3% of people.

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