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Human bodies max out at 130 years, so you'll need to tweak your plan for living forever


There are so many genetic variants that could have a bad effect on you ... What are you going to do? Develop a drug for all of them?
Jan Vijg, study author, to STAT

Even as medicine gets better and better, humans will never be able to live past 130, according to a study published in <em>Nature</em> on Wednesday.

Still, even that would be a record-breaker. The longest-lived human died at 122 in 1997.

With fixed life-history traits, it would seem that we are running up against a formidable barrier.
Jay Olshansky, University of Illinois at Chicago

The authors found that as life expectancy increases in developing countries, the rate of increase drops after old age. Essentially, there's a hard limit on how old humans can be. 

This could spark further discussion over whether or not scientists should devote money to trying to fight aging, considering aging and death are most likely inevitable.

Human bodies max out at 130 years, so you'll need to tweak your plan for living forever

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However, some scientists said the study didn't account for future medicines. 

"It's not like we've tested every drug," Coleen Murphy said to STAT.

Study author Jan Vijg admitted he might be wrong in his assertion, saying, "Maybe what I now think is impossible may be possible."

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