How to live longer Secrets of Earth’s oldest beings

One tree in California is nearly 5,000 years old, but some flies live just a day. Robin McKie hears from scientists about the systems that govern varying lifespans

‘The crucial point to realise is that organisms didn’t evolve to die. They evolved to survive’ David Clancy, scientist

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As old-timers go, the Methuselah tree in California’s White Mountains takes some beating. According to research released last week, this ancient bristlecone pine will be 4,851 years old this year. Not a bad performance when it comes to avoiding the...

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