“Every man desires to live long; but no man would be old.” (Jonathan Swift)

In the coming decades, the populations of all developed countries will become substantially older. Not alone keeping older adults healthy will be of the highest importance in order to keep costs manageable for the health care system but also we personally want to age healthy. A special age group are centenarians (100-104 years old) and semi-supercentenarians (105-109 years old), who aged in a healthy way. Many studies are about the genetics of centenarians but less in know about their gut microbiota.

The study from Kong et al. 2016 combined gut microbiota data of Chinese long-living people and with results from a former Italian study of centenarians and semi-supercentenarians to identify gut-microbial signatures of healthy aging. We will discuss the question: Can gut microbiota help provide longevity?

Journal club will be this Friday November 25th from 3 – 4 pm in MUMC 3N10A.

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