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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Animals That Don't Age (Vampire Syndrome?)

There are animals that don't age, this is known as Negligible Senescence. Most animals have Telomers on their DNA that lose pieces of themselves each time a new cell is made when your cells split and make new cells. But in these animals, their telomers do not degenerate, so aging is not a factor. They die from disease, or wounds, or other things, but not aging.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negligible_senescence
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biological_immortality

This is the basis for most age extension research right now. And it makes everyone think of Vampires when they learn that bats don't age (they are the same reproductive age throughout life), which may be part of why people have said Vampires live forever in myth.

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