Evidence for a limit to human lifespan

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, October 2016
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
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Title
Evidence for a limit to human lifespan
Published in
Nature, October 2016
DOI 10.1038/nature19793
Pubmed ID
Authors

Xiao Dong, Brandon Milholland, Jan Vijg, Dong, Xiao, Milholland, Brandon, Vijg, Jan

Abstract

Driven by technological progress, human life expectancy has increased greatly since the nineteenth century. Demographic evidence has revealed an ongoing reduction in old-age mortality and a rise of the maximum age at death, which may gradually extend human longevity. Together with observations that lifespan in various animal species is flexible and can be increased by genetic or pharmaceutical intervention, these results have led to suggestions that longevity may not be subject to strict, species-specific genetic constraints. Here, by analysing global demographic data, we show that improvements in survival with age tend to decline after age 100, and that the age at death of the world's oldest person has not increased since the 1990s. Our results strongly suggest that the maximum lifespan of humans is fixed and subject to natural constraints.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 6 2%
United States 6 2%
Germany 4 1%
France 2 <1%
China 2 <1%
Canada 2 <1%
Portugal 2 <1%
Japan 2 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Other 7 2%
Unknown 292 90%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 79 24%
Student > Ph. D. Student 78 24%
Student > Bachelor 46 14%
Student > Master 45 14%
Other 20 6%
Other 58 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 121 37%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 56 17%
Medicine and Dentistry 51 16%
Neuroscience 16 5%
Psychology 13 4%
Other 69 21%

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