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03/31/2015 10:05 AM ID: 100412 Permalink   

Fat-Taled Dwarf Lemur Gives Clues to Aging


Researchers at Duke University looked at medical records on hundreds of dwarf lemurs to understand why the animals are able to live 30 years or longer.

It was found that lemurs spend about three months every year in a state of suspended animation known as torpor and hibernating lemurs live longer than non-hibernating animals.

"If your body is not ┬┤working full time┬┤ metabolically-speaking, you will age more slowly and live longer," bioligists say. Scientists hope lemurs can help to identify anti-aging genes in humans.

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