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How to live longer (at a price)

January 16, 2013

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What if the capability to live longer came with a “small” price?

Side effects could include the inability to focus on details, having problems holding attention, the inability to follow directions, to become easily distracted and  forgetting to complete some activities of daily living on a regular basis.

Oh, and you could have or develop an unhealthy addiction.

New research published in the Journal of Neuroscience may have discovered a form of the fountain of youth. DRD4 is a gene that is responsible for the dopamine system. It is also often referred to as the “thrill-seeking” gene. It has been linked to infidelity, alcohol and gambling addictions, ADHD and most recently, a long lifespan.

The study suggests that 66% of the time DRD4 is common in people who live to be 90 and older. Does this mean we will move toward recreating the gene? Maybe a once-weekly shot in the arm, so people can live longer? Perhaps. But does the benefit outweigh the risk?

This post was written by Natasha Ace from Bridges Aligned Services Inc.

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  1. January 16, 2013 1:46 pm

    Unsure what the point is of living longer if it means living a life filled with meaningless pursuits and discontent. I’d choose a shorter, peaceful and loving existence any day!

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