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Why humans outlive apes

The same evolutionary genetic advantages that have helped increase human lifespans also make us uniquely susceptible to diseases of aging such as cancer, heart disease and dementia, reveals a study to be published in a special ...

Jan 26, 2010 4.6 / 5 (11) 2 | with audio podcast

Memory molecule, deja vu

A second high-profile paper in as many months has found an important role in learning and memory for calpain, a molecule whose academic fortunes have ebbed and flowed for 25 years.

Jan 19, 2010 5 / 5 (4) 0 | with audio podcast

Why we outlive our ape ancestors

In spite of their genetic similarity to humans, chimpanzees and great apes have maximum lifespans that rarely exceed 50 years. The difference, explains USC Davis School of Gerontology Professor Caleb Finch, is that as humans ...

Dec 02, 2009 4 / 5 (5) 0