Scientists devise ‘lifespan clock’

Scientists devise ‘lifespan clock’

An Australian research team say they have come up with a “lifespan clock” which provides accurate maximum age estimates for vertebrates, a key variable in the study of both living and extinct animals.

The scientists identified specific areas — called CpG sites — in DNA which have been linked to lifespan and then checked them against existing databases of animal ages, according to a paper published in the journal Nature Research.

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