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Scientists sequence wild bats’ genes for long lifespan and cancer resistance


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Genes responsible for long life spans and cancer resistance in bats are identified.

Novel regulatory genes limit DNA damages due to ageing, increase DNA repair and damage removal.

Deep sequenced 1.7 billion base pairs of RNA from 150 blood samples.

Future research could provide new solutions to slowing down the ageing process.

100 wild bats of species Myotis were involved in this 8 year field study.

Research by University College Dublin, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.

Novel molecular targets for future ageing intervention studies

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Associate Professor at University College Dublin.


Postdoctoral Researcher at University College Dublin.


Journal providing information from ecological and evolutionary biology.


Public Research university.