Of Mice, Whales, Jellyfish and Men: In Pursuit of Increased Longevity

  • Paul C. Guest
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1178)


The quest for increased human longevity has been a goal of mankind throughout recorded history. Recent molecular studies are now providing potentially useful insights into the aging process which may help to achieve at least some aspects of this quest. This chapter will summarize the main findings of these studies with a focus on long-lived mutant mice and worms, and the longest living natural species including Galapagos giant tortoises, bowhead whales, Greenland sharks, quahog clams and the immortal jellyfish.


Longevity Lifespan Model organisms Tortoise Whale Shark Quahog Jellyfish 


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  • Paul C. Guest
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Neuroproteomics, Department of Biochemistry and Tissue Biology, Institute of BiologyUniversity of Campinas (UNICAMP)CampinasBrazil

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