Over the last century, life expectancy for Spaniards has increased by 40 years. A study by the International University of La Rioja highlights the main cause, since 1980, as being the reduced incidence of cardiovascular diseases while other pathologies, such as mental illnesses and certain types of cancer, have been seen to rise. The authors predict that the effects of the economic recession on mortality will show up in the long-term.
The genes of 894 men and women over the age of one hundred in Spain and Japan have revealed that the secret to longevity, at least in southern Europe, lies in a variant on chromosome 9p21.3, which had already been associated with the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Un estudio desarrollado por investigadores del Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas ha abierto una nueva vía para aumentar la longevidad de las semillas de las plantas mediante ingeniería genética. Sus resultados han sido publicados en la revista Plant Physiology.