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September 16, 2014
The secret of longevity from age-defying bats?

Researchers are studying the DNA of bats in order to shed light on why they age so slowly – something which could help uncover ways to reverse the ageing process

Bats are the longest-lived mammals relative to their body size, using more energy and living for longer than other mammals of a similar size.

By studying bats, the European Research Council-funded AGELESS project, which runs until 2017, aims to understand more about the mechanisms that lead to ageing, and potentially uncover the cellular processes that can be modified to halt, lessen and even reverse the process in people.