Why humen absence an ‘anti-aging switch’

You may have ensure the news that the human lifespan cannot be extended beyond about 115 years, as shown by a demographic analysis confirming that the steady improvements in lifespan ensure for many populations over recent decades has stalled since the 1990 s.

The researchers’ conclusion that “the maximum lifespan of humans is fixed and subject to natural constraints” is sobering reading for those who dreaming that human ageing can one day be successfully hacked. But for evolutionary ecologists, it should not come as a surprise.

As well as striking a note of biological realism, this research also highlights how research on human ageing often forgets the insights can be found at evolutionary hypothesi — and particularly from a research field called “comparative life-history ecology”.

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