Six brothers and sisters of one family reached over 100 years of age and show that genetic engineering would make it possible to live decades longer than most people live now. There are also more antiaging genetic changes than what the Clarke family has. There was a person who lived to 122 and genetic sequences and tricks of long-lived animals like sharks that live to 500 could prove useful for humans. Cancer immunity could be provided from genetic changes and even complete immunity to all viruses.
Above is a picture of two sisters in the long-lived Clarke family.
In 2016, 200 scientists participating in “Genome Project-write” announced its first target: creating cells that could never be infected by viruses, and that perhaps would also be resistant to other killers. They talked about creating immunity to cancer and prions. Paris-based Cellectis provided corporate sponsorship. Virus and prion immune cells could be used for universal CAR-T cells. CAR-T are modified T-cells to kill cancer. Universal CAR-T cells could be provided to any patient.
Back to the Clarke Siblings
So far the eldest Clarke reached 102 and their mother reached 101.
The six were out of a family of 13 and four of the others reached 90.
Gene therapy offers the possibility of providing everyone with the right genes for desired health outcomes. It is like dealing everyone a better poker hand.
In the USA only about one person in 6000 lives to 100. The Clarke family has odds that were 2000-3000 times better than the average American. There are a total of about 54,000 people 100 or older today in the USA.
SOURCES- Guinness Book of World Records
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