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Gonads are the key to a long life

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 05 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1506
  1. Abi Berger
  1. BMJ

    Longevity may be a trade off for fecundity, according to a study published in Nature (1999;399:362-6). In a novel series of experiments involving nematodes, scientists have discovered that one of the evolutionary trade offs for successful reproduction may be a shorter life.

    Honor Hsin and Cynthia Kenyon, biochemists from the University of California, have found that the longevity of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans …

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