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What do they, and roughly 8.7 million other species of life do? They die. Flies live four weeks; horses, thirty years. The longest known and verified human lifespan is 122 years. Some types of whales can live 200 years. What do whales know that we don’t? Biologists and biotech companies are in a race to find out.
Silicon Valley hedge fund manager, Joon Yun, has offered scientists a one-million-dollar prize for coming up with the human “code of life.” After studying actuarial data from the U.S. Social Security office, which states that a 25-year-old person has a 99.9% chance of living an additional year, he reasoned that if a person could keep this risk of dying constant throughout his life, he would live for 1000 years…