Scientists think they can extend human life by 25 percent

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Scientists Think They Can Extend Human Life by 25 Percent

Scientists believe they may have found the key to living forever -- or at least 25 percent longer.

Scientists from ETH Zurich in Switzerland and Jena University Hospital in Germany analyzed 40,000 genes in three different organism - roundworms, zebrafish and mice.

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The scientists looked for RNA molecules that - along with DNA - direct protein synthesis. Certain genes help move aging forward, and the idea is that by blocking some of these genes, their effect is stunted, and their lifespan extended.

The scientists found that blocking these genes resulted in an increase in lifespan of five percent for all three subjects. But one gene in particular -- the bcat-1 gene -- increased the mean lifespan of roundworms by a whopping 25 percent.

The Daily Beast dubbed 2015 "The Year We Decided to Live Forever," noting that many tech billionaires including Peter Thiel, cofounder of Paypal, Sergey Brin of Google and Mark Zuckerberg have all put millions toward researching how to extend human lives.

Even Jeb Bush has joined the club, stating earlier this year at an event in New Hampshire that his 4-year-old grandson will live to 130.

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