Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 9 January 2002
Vol. 2002, Issue 1, p. ns1
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2002.1.ns1]

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Growing Old in Style

For turtles and trees, getting old doesn't necessarily mean relentless deterioration

Mitch Leslie

http://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/sageke;2002/1/ns1

Abstract: Wrinkled and sluggish, turtles rarely inspire envy. Yet turtles and some kinds of trees, fishes, whales, and hydras might age at a glacial pace--or perhaps not at all. Scientists are just beginning to explore the latter possibility, and so far they can't say whether aging stops or just slows drastically. In any case, discovering how these Methuselah organisms resist the ravages of time might help us curtail our own aging.

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