Longevity and Aging / Strange Benchtop Discovery

Guests:

Thomas Perls
* Author, Living to 100: Lessons in Living to Your Maximum Potential at Any Age (Basic Books, 1999)
* Geriatrician, Gerontology Division and Biometrics Center
* Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
* Associate Professor, Division on Aging
* Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Michael Fossel
* Clinical Professor of Medicine
* Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Steven Austad
* Author, Why We Age: What Science is Discovering About the Body's Journey Through Life (John Wiley and Sons, 1999)
* Affiliate Professor, Medicine
* University of Washington Medical School
* Professor, Zoology
* University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho

Michael McKubre
* Director, Energy Research Center
* SRI Incorporated (Stanford Research International)
Menlo Park, California

Why is it that some people can smoke, drink, eat all the wrong things and live to be a hundred? One group of researchers thinks the answer might lie in our genes. Earlier this week they announced their discovery, that a group of centenarians and their siblings all had a similar group of genes in one region of chromosome 4. Could those genes be the answer to long life? We'll talk about it in this hour of Science Friday. Plus, a strange new benchtop discovery.....

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