Gene for Longevity ~ Could there be one ?

Gene for Longevity ~ Could there be one ?

Scientists are in a search for a gene that may be a deciding factor for a long life at least in some. In this pursuit Harvard scientist Tom Perls feel that they have found such a gene, a discovery they hope could ultimately be used to make a pill to lengthen life.

The scientists feel that they have strong evidence that an important longevity gene may be located in a small stretch of chromosome 4. The function of the gene is unknown and its possible that more than one gene may be involved. It is thought that the gene may be somehow conferring resistance to disease. That is why many centenarians remain remarkably healthy.

Conventional wisdom that diet, exercise, avoidance of smoking and other good habits prolong life is certainly true for most of us but there may be  something like a ‘genetic booster rocket’ that propels a very small percentage of humanity from 80 years-old  stage to centenarian status.

There is much evidence contrary to the postulations in favour of the longevity gene. A large body of scientific research suggests that environment counts for more. In 1993, a study of 600 Danish twins found that gene account for only 30 % of the reason that some people live to the ripe old age. But that may not be the last word.

But many researchers were surprised to find that many of the centenarians were not particularly free of vices. Many eat fatty foods regularly, and some were couch potatoes. French women Jeanne Calment, the oldest person in documented history when she died at an age of 122, were a smoker.

Four families in New England were found to have unusual cluster of centenarians. In one family, eight of the ten siblings lived to be at least 90 years old. The odds of that happening by chance are too remote. Similar clusters of centenarians were found in many families. Part of the clustering may be explained by the fact that the siblings share similar upbringing and habits. But some of the families included centenarians who lived far apart. In some families the spouses sharing many habits did not live particularly long.

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About Manbir & Gurpreet

Gurpreet Kaur’s journey in this world .... Gurpreet Kaur was a Musician. She was a singer and a composer of music. Her interest was composing and singing Gurbani Shabads in Indian Classical style. She sang Shabads in All the Raags mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. She also taught Gurmat Sangeet at Gurmat Gian Missionary College, Jawadi, Ludhiana. Elder child to Pushpinder Kaur and Dr. Brig. Harminder Singh, was born in Amritsar on 13th Jan 1962. She attended various convent schools as a child because her father would get frequent Army postings as a dental surgeon. She graduated with Music Honors from Govt. College for Women, Chandigarh. Music was her hobby and she composed and sang Raag based Gurbani Shabads. Doing Kirtan was part of growing up nurtured by her parents. She learned music from her father Dr. Brigadier Harminder Singh who was a dental surgeon in Indian Army and a very good singer himself. Gurpreet’s Bhua (father’s sister), Ajit Kaur retied as a Head of Department of Music from Govt. College for Women Ludhiana, and was a renounced Punjabi singer of her time. Gurpreet Kaur also learned nuances of Indian Classical Music from Pandita Sharma. She was a mother of three children, and a grandmother. Her daughter Keerat Kaur is a Computer Engineer. Her two sons Gurkeerat Singh and Jaskeerat Singh are doctors in USA. Her daughter Keerat Kaur too was part of her group ~ Gurmat Gian Group. Gurpreet Kaur left this world at the age of 54yrs on 12th Sept 2016 in Baltimore USA. She had recorded around 25 cds of Gurbani Keertan. 'Raag Ratan' Album (6 CDs) is a Compilation of Shabads in All the 31 Sudh Raags of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Gauri Sagar' Album (3 CDs) is a Compilation of All forms of Raag Gauri in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Nanak Ki Malhaar' ~ ((3 CDs) is an album of Raag Malhar Shabads in various forms of Malhar. 'Gur Parsaad Basant Bana' ~ (3 CDs) is an album of Shabads in Raag Basant sung in various forms of Raag Basant. Har Ki Vadeyai Sarni Aayea Sewa Priya Kee Preet Piyaree Mohan Ghar Aavho Karo Jodariya Mo Kao Taar Le Raama Taar Le Tere Kavan Kavan Gun Keh Keh Gawan Mera Baid Guru Govinda Saajanrraa Mera Saajanrraa

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