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Thu, Apr 09

Of lemurs and longevity

A new Duke University study of long-living lemurs holds the promise of eventually pointing the way for researchers to identify human genes that could help us live longer, healthier lives.

“It’s one small piece of a very large puzzle,” said study co-author Sarah Zehr, a research scientist at the Duke Lemur Center.

The study of small primates – three species of lemur plus a species of bushbaby – found a correlation between hibernation and both longevity and staving off age-related diseases.

Read more from the News & Observer.