Want to reverse the ageing process?
It seems that you may need a daily dose of whale oil…or some such product.
Bowhead whales are most likely the longest-living mammals on the planet. There’s evidence – some of it in the form of Victorian-era harpoons embedded in blubber – that they can live as long as 200 years. And there are humans who’d like to get a little slice of that longevity for themselves.
This week, some of them took the first step to stealing the bowhead whale’s secrets: they sequenced its genome. Their results have now been published in biomedical research journal Cell.
“I think that having the genome sequence of the bowhead whale will allow researchers to study basic molecular processes and identify maintenance mechanisms that help preserve life, avoid entropy and repair molecular damage,” said corresponding author Joao Pedro de Magalhaes of the University of Liverpool. Read more »