Why do animals have such different lifespans? - Joao Pedro de Magalhaes
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Why do different species age at different paces? One important factor is body size with larger animals, on average, living longer than smaller ones. In some species, environmental factors like temperature also influence how long animals live, with a lower body temperature generally being associated with a longer lifespan. Visit this site that contains information and comparisons of animal aging!
In addition, extreme long-lived animals like mole-rats and whales can serve as inspiration for biomedical research. This article: The big, the bad and the ugly: Extreme animals as inspiration for biomedical research.
You can also check out the TEDx talk “Slowing down aging” deals with studying the genetics of long-lived species and future medical applications.
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