The Secrets to Living for 200 Years

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Death is no doubt inevitable. But is aging necessary? Maybe not.

Inuit woman and child standing on bowhead whale
Photo by Ansgar Walk

Alaska's Inuit hunters know that bowhead whales live twice as long as humans -- sometimes up to 200 years. Other creatures also have much longer lives than we do. Now scientists are trying to find out why. David Robson writes about medicine and technology for the BBC’s science website, BBC Future.