Why do some people live unusually long, healthy lives?
The cover article inside the May issue of National Geographic magazine attempts to answer that question by looking at scientific efforts around the globe, including one supported by Scripps Health, to uncover the genetic secrets of longevity.
The report features Scripps Health Chief Academic Officer Eric Topol, MD, and several participants in the Wellderly Study being conducted by his Scripps Translational Science Institute.
“There must be modifying genes that explain why these individuals are protected from the deleterious genes that affect the aging process,” Dr. Topol told National Geographic. “The hunt is on.”
Electronic versions of the article included photographs of four Wellderly Study participants who live in Southern California.
Read the National Geographic article: On Beyond 100 — April 15, 2013
See images of Wellderly Study participants: Photo Gallery
Find out more about the active studies and how to participate in the research at Scripps.