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Scientifically Speaking | Why do some animals live longer than others?

  • New research shows that animal lifespans are highly correlated to the number of somatic mutations in similar cells that each possesses. What does this mean? 
Earlier work had shown that somatic mutations in specific cells increase at a constant rate in humans until death. This conclusion has been extended to other animals in the recent study.(Shutterstock)
Earlier work had shown that somatic mutations in specific cells increase at a constant rate in humans until death. This conclusion has been extended to other animals in the recent study.(Shutterstock)
Published on Apr 27, 2022 03:07 PM IST
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ByAnirban Mahapatra
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