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Looking to Bats for Clues to Longevity

New insights into what gives one bat species a long life span could offer clues to helping people live longer, scientists say.

European researchers analyzed DNA from about 500 wild bats from four species. Their focus was on telomeres, the protective structures on the end of chromosomes.

In humans and most other animals, telomeres shorten wi

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