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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
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#24 of 51,366)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (99th percentile)

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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 7 2%
United States 6 1%
Germany 5 1%
China 3 <1%
France 2 <1%
Canada 2 <1%
Portugal 2 <1%
Japan 2 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Other 7 2%
Unknown 429 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 106 23%
Researcher 106 23%
Student > Bachelor 70 15%
Student > Master 61 13%
Professor 27 6%
Other 96 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 141 30%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 91 20%
Medicine and Dentistry 55 12%
Unspecified 28 6%
Neuroscience 25 5%
Other 126 27%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3309. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 08 March 2018.
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#106
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#24
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