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Genes for longevity in Galápagos tortoises


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Galápagos tortoises have gene variants for a healthy, full immune system.

Also promote quick DNA repair and a natural defence against cancer.

Compared genes of the tortoise Lonesome George to another giant tortoise.

The DNA were then compared to a variety of other animals.

Study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

All these genes couldn't save them from human hunters

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Journal providing information from ecological and evolutionary biology.