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X Prize to Sequence Genomes of World’s Oldest People. Hopes To Unlock Secrets of Longevity

X Prize to Sequence Genomes of World’s Oldest People.  Hopes To Unlock Secrets of Longevity | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Toni Balcean turned 101 in September. How’d she beat a century? Simple. “Clean living and good Italian wine.” Case closed! Unless, of course, you like science. A retooled Archon Genomics X PRIZE aims to help scientists better understand healthy aging by sequencing 100 healthy centenarian genomes—in a month, with an accuracy of one error per million base pairs, and for under $1,000 per genome.

 

All this may sound eerily familiar. In fact, the Archon Genomics X PRIZE was first proposed back in 2006. Singularity Hub covered it in 2008 when the goal was to sequence 100 human genomes in 10 days for less than $10,000 per genome.

 

Grant Campany, Senior Director of the Archon Genomics X PRIZE, recently told Singularity Hub, “From 2006 to 2009, competitors registered for the Archon Genomics X PRIZE with the best of intentions, but over the past few years the industry has fragmented significantly, so we needed to restructure the competition to be more inclusive of the emerging and established sequencing platforms.”

 

So, in October 2011, the X PRIZE announced a new set of criteria. The payout remains $10 million; however, the Foundation upped the sequencing period to 30 days and made the target cost $1,000 to reflect rapidly declining sequencing prices.

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The How and Why of 100 Years of Happiness | Psychology Today

The How and Why of 100 Years of Happiness | Psychology Today | Longevity science | Scoop.it

All of us except the misanthropes would like to live happily ever after. But how long is the "after" in happily ever after? In this case, we are talking about over 100 years.

 

"Who lives long, healthy, and happy lives, and why?" Here is another amazing case.

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Hara Hachi Bu: Longevity and the Diet of Okinawa Japan

Hara Hachi Bu: Longevity and the Diet of Okinawa Japan | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Hara Hachi Bu mean to eat only until you are 80% full. The Okinawans control their caloric intake with this cultural idea. This means they naturally restrict calories by 20%. Caloric restriction is the most powerful known method of life extension that we know so far.

 

"Okinawa, Japan has been deemed one of the Blue Zones’
locations that promote longevity. Longevity and the Diet of Okinawa, Japan will disclose some of the basic foods of Okinawa, share some recipes, and reveal the lifestyle of its people."

 

 

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The Apparent Ceiling on Lifespan

The Apparent Ceiling on Lifespan | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Although people are living longer as a group, the maximum lifespan seems to be fixed at 114. Why?

 

There are a number of potential explanations, but we may find that today’s predictions and reasons are completely irrelevant in tomorrow's world.

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World’s Oldest Doctor Turns 114

World’s Oldest Doctor Turns 114 | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Leila Denmark, MD celebrated her 114th birthday on February 1, 2012. Have a Happy Healthy Year Dr. Denmark!

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