Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.

Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified 238 genes that, when silenced, increase the lifespan of yeast cells.

Many of the genes are present in mammals, including humans, suggesting that switching them off could dramatically increase lifespan.

  • Clink9

    All we need now is the gubmint to pay for us to live 60 % longer.

  • Dana Garcia

    Won’t longer lifespans increase general crowdiness since there will be a lot more humans hanging around?

    • Seems logical

      • Justin St.Denis

        Right. There are people who are stupid enough to have children into their 90s. The very last people you want multiplying are going to multiply exponentially. Not smart.

        • vimy

          and we have no idea what the absence of these genes will do to subsequent generations

          • Clausewitz

            Turn everyone into stupid insipid mumbling Democrats. That’s why I expect full government funding in the US. The Democrats have to find some way to replenish their numbers since they’re aborting their future generations of progressives into political irrelevancy.

  • lolwut?

    Mama Merkel will offer this for free to her children.

  • Ron MacDonald

    I have an idea, switch off the Muslim breeding gene.

    • Justin St.Denis

      That is research I would contribute to! I wonder what kind of reception such an initiative would receive on GoFundMe.

      • Ron MacDonald

        Try and find out.

  • Alain

    Should my beloved country go the road of Ontarion and Alberta, or the USA under Obama, I really wouldn’t want to stick around an extra 60 years.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    This year’s Nobel Chemistry Prize was awarded based on DNA research that might have something to do with this.

  • Everyone Else

    more crap science using the magic word “may”

    using the same kind of unfounded extrapolation I say:

    “Reading crap science articles MAY cause an erection lasting four hours.”

    • Justin St.Denis


      “CAUTION: Use of Dr. McFarty’s Magic Formula Capsules may cause an erection lasting four hours or more.

  • Barrington Minge

    Someone needs to delete the mooslim gene

  • tom_billesley

    He’d have better luck with research into yeasts used to make beer. They don’t need longevity but he’d be more likely to attract funding.