Wildlife Disease News

Whale Genes Offer Hints to Longer Life Spans

In a search for genes that fight off aging, researchers have now charted the bowhead whale genome. Bowheads are filter feeders found only in the Arctic, and are some of the largest mammals on Earth. Old harpoon points found in bowheads suggest the whales live for some 200 years. The scientists’ search turned up several interesting genetic targets worthy of further study, said senior study author Joao Pedro de Magalhaes, a biologist and expert in aging science at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.
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