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Aging and the Inevitable Limit to Human Life Span

Vijg J.a · Le Bourg E.b

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aDepartment of Genetics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA; bCentre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale, Centre de Biologie Intégrative, University of Toulouse, CNRS, UPS, Toulouse, France

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Jan Vijg

Department of Genetics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

1301 Morris Park Avenue

Bronx, NY 10461 (USA)

E-Mail jan.vijg@einstein.yu.edu

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There is a long-lasting debate about a natural limit to human life span, and it has been argued that the maximum reported age at death, which has not increased for ca 25 years, fluctuates around 115 years, even if some persons live beyond this age. We argue that the close connection of species-specific longevity with life history strategies explains why human life span is limited and cannot reach the considerably longer life spans of several other species.

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Received: March 22, 2017
Accepted: May 03, 2017
Published online: May 17, 2017
Issue release date: August 2017

Number of Print Pages: 3
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ISSN: 0304-324X (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0003 (Online)

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