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Title: Human Supercentenarian Epidemiology and the Implications for Longevity Medicine Strategies for Engin

Human Supercentenarian Epidemiology and the
Implications for Longevity MedicineStrategies
for Engineered Negligible
SenescenceL. Stephen Coles,
M.D., Ph.D.UCLA School of MedicineLos Angeles,
California USAE-mail URL
http// Monday, September 22, 2003
300 315 PMInternational Association of
Biomedical Gerontology 10th CongressQueens
College Cambridge University UK 4 Days 75
Speakers 270 Attendees 27 Countries
Demographics of Centenarians
  • In 1990, it was estimated that there were 37,306
    Centenarians in the United States (28,000 may be
    more accurate, accounting for the likelihood of a
    large number of false claims)
  • In 2000, the US 2000 Census Report counted 50,454
    Centenarians in the United States (out of 281.4
    million Americans) (more than 450,000
    worldwide)(However, 42,000 may be more accurate,
    again accounting for the extensive number of
    false claims)
  • By 2050, the Census Bureau estimates that the
    number of US Centenarians will grow to 834,000
    and double every ten years thereafter
  • ______________________________________________
  • The 2000 Census counted 1,388 Supercentenarians
    (persons gt 110 years). However, the SSA has
    only about 140 such persons on their rolls.  Of
    these 140, at least one-third (and maybe
    more) are exaggerated claims.  Thus, the true
    number of US Living Supercentenarians is probably
    closer to 75 - 100. As of September
    22, 2003, the GRG validated --- with rigorous
    documentation --- just 18 Living US
    (43 Supercentenarians throughout the entire world
    Gender Ratio 38
    females 5 males)

Demographics of Centenarians

Madame Jeanne Louise CalmentDied on August 4,
1997 at Age 122-- The Worlds Oldest Person
(Documented by The Guinness Book of Records)
Age 40 Age 120

Progressive World Record Holders

Mrs. Kamato Hongo of Japan Age 116 born
September 15, 1887

Mrs. Maud Farris Luse Age 115January 21, 1887
- March 18, 2002

John I. McMorran Age 113June 19, 1889 -
February 24, 2003 Movie at http//
cMorran0.htmJohn at 111 and then
with Mr. Scott McMorran, his 39 yo Great Grandson
Mrs. Elma Grace Corning of Los Angeles Age 111
born February 22, 1892
  • with her son
    Russell, age 87

Four More Los Angeles Supercentenarians
Mrs. Mage Russell, 110 Mrs. Marion Higgins,
110 Mrs. Mollie Beard, 110 (Died) Mr.
Gerald Gilman, 110

Supercentenarian Phenotype(The Struldbruggs in
Gullivers Travels by Jonathan Swift)
  • Old, Decrepit, Sick Folks
  • Deaf (Hard of hearing, correctable by bilateral
    hearing aids)
  • Blind (Macular Degeneration, uncorrectable by
    eyeglasses or cataract surgery)
  • Smell, Taste, Touch, suspected decreased
  • Bad Teeth (Dentures)
  • Frailty, Sarcopenia (confined to bed or a wheel
  • Skin (Stiff, Leathery Tissue-Paper Thin)
  • Poor Orientationx3 (Neurodegenerative disease,
    Senility or Dementia) (But Excellent Long-Term
  • Virtually never needed to see a doctor before age
  • No Autopsy (Necropsy) Data yet

43 Living Supercentenarian38 females and 5
males (as of September 22, 2003)
  • Name Nationality Gender Race Age
    (Years) Date-of-Birth
  • Kamato Hongo Japan F
    O 116 Sept 16, 1887
  • Yukichi Chuganji Japan M
    O 114 Mar. 23, 1889
  • Mitoyo Kawate Japan F
    O 114 May 15, 1889
  • Elana Slough U.S. (NJ) F F
    114 July 8, 1889
  • Charlotte Benkner U.S. (OH) F W
    113 Nov. 16, 1889
  • Joan Riudavets Spain M W
    113 Dec. 15, 1889
  • Aurelia Marotta U.S. (MA) F W
    113 June 27, 1890
  • Hendrikje Van Andel Netherlands F W
    113 June 29, 1890
  • Mary Crombie U.S. (IL) F W
    113 July 6, 1890
  • Emma Verona Johnston U.S. (OH) F W
    113 Aug.  6, 1890
  • Ura Koyama Japan F O
    113 Aug. 30, 1890
  • Susie Gibson U.S. (AL) F W
    112 Oct. 31, 1890

43 Living Supercentenarians(as of September 22,
2003 Contd.)
  • Name Nationality
    Gender Race Age (Years) Date-of-Birth
  • 13. Mise Ito Japan F O 112 Nov.  6, 1890
  • Fred Hale U.S. (NY) M W 112 Dec.  1, 1890
  • Sawayo Tanaka Japan F O 112 June  9, 1891
  • Grace Thaxton U.S. (KY) F W 112 June 18,
  • Julie Winnefred Bertrand Canada (Que) F W 111
    Sept. 16, 1891
  • Christine Hall U.S. (IL) F W 111 Dec.  3,
  • Gladys Hawley England (UK) F W 111 Dec. 18,
  • Virginia Dighero-Zolezzi Italy F W 111
    Dec. 24, 1891
  • Agnes Rich U.S. (GA) F W 111 Jan. 20, 1892
  • Tsuru Fukuhara Japan F O 111 Feb. 10, 1892
  • Yutaka Endo Japan F O 111 Feb. 15, 1892
  • Elma Grace Corning U.S. (CA) F W 111 Feb.
    22, 1892

43 Living Supercentenarians(as of September 22,
2003 Contd.)
  • Name Nationality
    Gender Race Age (Years) Date-of-Birth
  • Yoki Yonehara Japan F O 111 Mar. 2, 1892
  • Maria Muraro Italy F W 111 Mar. 29, 1892
  • Lucy D'Abreu Scotland F IW 111 May 24, 1892
  • Kame Higa Japan F O 111 June 22, 1892
  • Mary Ellen Swan Canada (Ont) F W 111 June 24,
  • Anders Engberg Sweden M W 111 July 1, 1892
  • Haru Shimazu Japan F O 111 July 7, 1892
  • Salvina Martinelli Avanzi Italy F W 111 Aug.
    2, 1892
  • Lilla De Geronimi-Zinara Italy F W 110 Dec. 
    2, 1892
  • Anne-Marie Vandermersch Belgium F W 110 Dec.
    14, 1892
  • (Eleanor) Maebelle Plant U.S. (FL) F W 110
    Feb. 25, 1893
  • Litta Walker U.S. (NE) F W 110 Mar. 23, 1893

43 Living Supercentenarians(as of September 22,
2003 Contd.)
  • Name Nationality Gender
    Race Age (Years) Date-of-Birth
  • Lydia Newton U.S. (AZ) F W
    110 Mar. 23, 1893
  • Minnie Kearby U.S. (IN) F W 110
    April 14, 1893
  • Hermann Dornemann Germany M W 110 May 27,
  • Grace Rebecca Jones U.S. (VA) F W 110 June
    4, 1893
  • Gesuina Donati Italy F W 110 June 8,
  • Lena Dionne U.S. (FL) F W 110
    June 14, 1893
  • Marion Higgins U.S. (CA) F W 110
    June 26, 1893
  • Check http//

  • for the most recent updates.

Table of Supercentenarian Population Trends
ranging from August 1966 - September 2003
  • Absolute Numbers Not Per Capita

Estimated World Population 1650 2000
  • Cohort Size Increased by 400 Million

Demographics of Supercentenarians
  • Our number of 43 Supercentenarians world-wide is
    based on validated cases, for which there are
    relatives willing to provide us with
    documentation (our cases frequently outlive their
  • In 1990, the US Census Bureau reported that there
    were 2,700 sic Supercentenarians
  • In 2000, they reported only 1,400
    Supercentenarians (About half of the errors were
    eliminated by comparing the Date-of-Birth with
    claimed Age, which were the result of people who
    didnt know how to do arithmetic Sigh!)
  • In 2002, the SSA admitted that there were
    actually 139 persons age 110 or over receiving
    Social Security benefits
  • Because most of these cases are exaggerated, the
    true number is more likely to be between 75 and
    100 persons
  • No conclusions about whether these numbers over
    the last forty years are actually growing on a
    per capita basis can be made at this time

Can We Better Estimate the True Number of
  • The total number Supercentenarians cited above
    has been frequently been misconstrued in the news
    media as representing every single person in the
    world aged 110 and over.  The actual estimated
    number of worldwide living Supercentenarians is
    more likely to be between 300 - 450 persons. 
    For the USA, we predict something like 60 - 75
  • While the total number of validated cases
    cited earlier is only about ten percent  of the
    suspected real-world total, it should also be
    noted that the bulk of the true Supercentenarians
    actually fall between 110 - 113 years old
    hardly any ever survive to live past 115.  Our
    estimate of 300 - 450 persons is based on a
    survival percentage of centenarians-to-age-110 to
    be  between 0.15 - 0.25 percent.
  • It should be noted that a significant majority of
    worldwide claimants to be age 110-or-over have
    subsequently been proven to be false 
    these individuals and more often their family or
    friends have their own personal motives
    for claiming these persons and, we are sad to
    report, are occasionally disingenuous (not

U.S. Life Expectancy with Age by gender
for the Year 2000Source "Deaths Leading
Causes for 2000," and "Deaths Final Data for
2000" NVSR, Vol. 50, Nos. 15 and 16 (PHS)(CDC,
National Center for Health Statistics Atlanta,
GA September 16, 2002).

Is the Number of Supercentenarians Really
Increasing (per capita)?
  • We believe that the increasing number of true
    cases that we have observed during the last 40
    years are the result of at least two factors
  • better methods of identifying and documenting
    these individuals, not to mention  the diligence
    of our own committee members throughout the world
    who deserve much  of the credit and
  • far more persons are reaching 110 than ever
    before. That is, people who were dying at 105 -
    109 are now reaching 110 - 113 years of age.
  • Please note that the SSA data show that both of
    these reasons are major factors, and that it
    would be incorrect to ascribe all of the increase
    to an actual increase in longevity or all of the
    increase due to better record-keeping.  Coming in
    the next few months, an SSA Report, along with
    our own historical databases, will better show
    how much of the increase can be ascribed to each
    of these two factors.
  • Finally, there is no statistical evidence to
    support the hypothesis that the absolute number
    of Supercentenarians is increasing as a
    percentage of the total population, although
    there is some evidence from animal studies that a
    reduction in the force of evolution after age 90
    changes our mortality from an exponentially-increa
    sing rate to a constant rate in the oldest old
    31.  This has become an important area of
    research in biodemography, and the answers are
    not in yet 32.

Is there a Mortality Plateau?
  • When a species vitality due to the Force of
    Natural Selection goes from 100 percent (at
    puberty) to zero percent it cannot go negative
    (post menopause or reproductive competence
    modulo any grand-parenting effect), the
    mortality rate is transformed from an exponential
    function to a linear function, creating a knee
    or plateau in the upward log mortality
    regression line. For humans, this appears to
    happen at about age 95. In other words, if you
    manage to make it to age 95, the rate of
    mortality seems to ease off a little bit,
    allowing Centenarians to live quite a bit longer
    than they otherwise should.

Is There a Mortality Plateau at the Oldest
  • The observation of a mortality plateau or
    mortality deceleration could be due to one or
    both of two different hypotheses 32
  • Genetic Heterogeneity Over time, individuals
    with the lowest death rates will populate a
    single congenic cohort, because other cohorts
    with higher death rates will already be
  • Natural Selection There will be a leveling of
    mortality rates at advanced ages due to a
    diminished evolutionary force of natural

Validation of Exceptional Longevity, Odense
Monographs on Population Aging, Vol. 6 (Odense
University Press 1999)

Scientific Centenarian Study Groups Throughout
the World
  • Country Principal Investigator(s)
    Institution(s) Approximate

  • Number of
    Centenarians Studied
  • 1. USA Dr. Tom Perls, MD New England
    Centenarian Study
  • Boston University Boston, MA
  • 2. USA Dr. Leonard Poon, MD University of
    Georgia 140
  • 3. France Drs. Jean-Marie Robine and Michel
  • IPSEN Foundation

  • 4. France Drs. Robine and James Vaupel
  • Supercentenarians Database
    INSERM, Montpellier 35
  • 5. Italy Dr. Claudio Franceschi
  • National Research Council and
    Ministries 2000
  • 6. Denmark Dr. Bernard Jeune Odense University
  • 7. China Dr. Zeng Yi and James Vaupel
  • The Chinese National Research
    Center on Aging
  • Peking University and Duke
    University NIH
  • Max Plack Institute for
    Demographic Research 4900

Six Blind Men and the Elephant
  • Body Wall Tusk Spear Trunk Snake
    Leg Tree Ear Fan Tail Rope

.Cherubim with Flaming Sword who Guards the East
Gate to the Garden of Eden. Osiris, God
of Immortality, celebrated in The Egyptian Book
of the Dead, Husband of Isis,
Brother of Seth, in Tomb of Tutankhamen. Ponce
de Leon in Florida 1460 - 1521 Two Alchemists
c. 1740. The Rosetta Stone (Hieroglyphics,
Demotic, and Greek) 196 B.C. found July 1799
A.D. (Antediluvians Methuselah)


We simply dont know the right stuff (Trinity
College Dublin, IRELAND)
Homo sapiens First Lived in Ethiopia, Central
Africa 160,000 Years Ago

Free-Radical Oxidative Stress is Like the Damage
from Wind and Water Erosion on the Pyramids
So What is the Centenarians Secret?
  • LINK?
  • Why do Supercentenarians live so long?
  • Not because they dont age. Indeed, they do age.
  • But because they seem to age more uniformly (not
    more slowly)
  • They received a fortuitous genetic roll of the
    dice in a stochastic process that left no
    conspicuous weak links in their chain

Three Possible Life Histories for a Human Being
(slopes a, b, c)
  • Resembles a roller coaster ride at the end of
  • Biological Warranty Period 0 55 years
  • S. Jay Olshansky, University of Chicago

Strategy for Doubling Maximum Lifespan
Recapitulation of Development
  • Adult Stem Cells in situ must be stimulated to
    undergo fresh organogenesis, in the context of an
    adult organism (constrained by the architecture
    of our pre-existing tissues, which risk being
    obliterated by multiple, simultaneous teratomas
    if we didnt do it right)(need systematic
  • Nature has never been observed to do this, so
    there are no model organisms to guide us (Sigh!)
  • Were at the Need-for-Blood-Transfusion in 1800
    stage of solving this problem we need to learn
    the signaling language of stem-cell
    communication in the absence of instruction,
    stem cells are stupid

The Human Genome (February 2001)

Dr. Craig Venter, The Center for Advancement of
Genomics Dr. Francis Collins, NIH
Genomic Sequences of Species National Human
Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Dr. Francis
Collins, Director and Dr. Alan Guttmacher, Deputy
Director -- Genome Resources and Sequencing
Priority Panel (Prof. William Gelbart of Harvard
University, Chairman)

But Genetic Engineering is Slow
  • To date, some 1,150 human-disease genes have been
    discovered, but only a few have led to a cure.
    Only one, for CML (Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia),
    has reached the market. Delivery Vectors are a
  • Genomics 25 30,000 human genes
  • Genetic homology among all mammals 99 percent
  • Proteomics 200-300,000 human proteins
  • Harvard Center for Genomics Research, TIGR,
    Celera Genomics, Lawrence Livermore, and Sandia
    National Laboratories (DOE)(Developing Parallel
    Architecture Blade Servers running the Linux OS
    with Clusters of Standard Processors executing
    parallel BLAST)(ASCI Q)
  • IBMs Blue Gene Supercomputer (100 million
    100x faster) to solve the protein folding

Aristotles Treatise on Animals Book III c.
330 B.C.
Fetal Development of Left Hand Post Web
Embryogenesis is a Computer Program (without
  • The genome is executed
  • like a set of dominos
  • ready to fall over
  • if any dominos are missing
  • the program will fail.
  • Then, there are no more
  • dominos.

Tampering with Nature by
Technology Stem Cells High
magnification of an early embryo at the tip of a
needleScientific American, Vol. 285, No. 6, p.
27 (December 2001).
Three Important Unknown Questions about Stem Cells
  • Are Adult Stem Cells as good as Embryonic Stem
  • Is the Red Cross Blood Bank model of Type and
    Cross Match for a Stem-Cell Bank good enough to
    prevent rejection or must stem cells be
    autologous? Solving the problem of adult stem
    cells is sort of like solving the problem of
    blood transfusion in 1900 before the discovery of
    the ABO Typing System
  • Are there chemokines available to turn adult stem
    cells on in situ? (and then turn them off)

Dr. Michael West, CEO,Advanced Cell
Technologyof Worcester, MA US News World
Report (December 3, 2001) and Scientific
American (January 2002).
Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer in Humans
Pronuclear and Early Embryonic Development,
e-Biomed (November 26, 2001).
Dolly the Sheep, First Cloned Species 1996 -

As of September 15, 2003, PPL Therapeutics, a
spinoff of the Roslin Institute has ceased
Table of Cloned Species

Prospects for Anti-Aging Interventions
  • Pituitary Hormonal Rebalancing (1990)
  • hGH (IGF-1, Hypothalamic/Pineal Secretagogues)
  • Thyroid
  • Sex Steroids and the Neuro/Endocrine Axis
  • Telomere Shortening (Telomerase)(1996)
  • Caloric Restriction (CR)(1998)(NIA 20M)
  • Free Radicals (AntiOxidants and Cross-Link
    Breaker Drugs)(2000)
  • Dissolvers for Lipofuscin Accumulation (2002)
  • Immune Competence (Anti-Inflammation)
  • Nanotechnology
  • Adult/Embryonic Autologous/Generic Stem Cells
  • All of the above Rearranging the deck chairs
    on the Titanic
  • Continuously Reprogram the Genome

The Politics of Anti-Aging Therapeutics
  • To argue that human life would be better without
    death is to argue that human life would be better
    without being human... The finitude of human life
    is a blessing for every individual whether he
    knows it or not."--- Leon R. Kass, M.D., Addie
    Clark Hardinig Professor at the University of
    Chicago, Chairman of President George W. Bush's
    Bioethics Council, and Shakespearean Master of
    apologism who coined the phrase The Wisdom of
  • Refs p. 144, Nicholas Wade, Life Script
    How the Human Genome Discoveries Will Transform
    Medicine and Enhance Your Health (Simon
    Schuster, New York 2001).
  • Mortality and Morality The Virtue of
    Finitude, (1983) Toward a More Natural Science
    Biology and Human Affairs, p. 308 (Free Press
    New York 1985).
  • Editorial Remark We readily acknowledge
    that eliminating that form of death secondary to
    intrinsic aging would create a significantly
    different world than the one we are used to. But
    we respectfully disagree with Dr. Kass regarding
    its undesirability. In our view, being human is a
    condition that was thrust upon us (without our
    consent), and we see nothing intrinsically sacred
    about retaining the form of a mortal human being.
    If nothing else, Nature has proven herself to
    be ruthlessly experimental. We see no reason why
    we should not take some risks and do a few
    experiments of our own. After all, without such
    experimentation, there is no other certainty but

Otherwise, the Doctors Magic Wand or the Grim
Reaper Awaits with his Scythe and Hour Glass

We Need a Bridge Plan to Get Us to the Other
  • 'Bridge of Hope' by Thomas Kinkade
  • Media Arts Group, Inc. Morgan Hill, California

  • An abbreviated list of the 45 Committee members
    and their associated staff includes the
  • Mr. Louis Epstein, Chairman of the
    Supercentenarian Committee, NY USA
  • Mr. Robert Young of Atlanta, GA USA
  • Dr. Tom Perls, Director of the NECS affiliated
    with Boston University, Boston, MA USA
  • Dr. Leonid Gavrilov of the University of Chicago,
    IL USA
  • Dr. Leonard Poon of Georgia who directs another
    Centenarian Study for the South, GA USA
  • Dr. Tom Johnson of the University of Colorado,
    CO USA
  • Dr. Steven Austad, Zoologist from the University
    of Idaho, ID USA
  • Dr. John Wilmoth a Demographer from UC Berkeley,
    CA USA
  • Mr. Johnny Adams Los Angeles Gerontology
    Research Group, CA USA
  • Dr. Bertrand Desjardins and Mr. Robert Bourbeau
  • Mr. Thatcher, Registrar General for England and
    Wales UK
  • Dr. M. Poulain Mr. Dany Chambre Mr. Bart
    Versieck BELGIUM
  • Mr. Giovanni Alunni Rome, ITALY
  • Mr. Gert Jan Kuiper NETHERLANDS
  • Dr. Bernard Jeune of Odense University DENMARK
  • Mr. Foti Tillo SWEDEN
  • Mr. Dag Hoelseth NORWAY
  • Thank you
  • Thank you
  • Thank you

Our Scientific Legacy(Open Notes for Names)

  • S. Jay Olshansky, Bruce A. Carnes, and Aline
    Desesquelles, "Prospects for Human Longevity,"
    Science, Vol. 291, No. 5508, pp. 1491-2 (February
    23, 2001). 
  • Ronald Lee, Predicting Human Longevity,
    Science, Vol. 292, No. 5522, pp. 1654-55 (June 1,
  • 3. Leonard Hayflick, "The Future of Aging,"
    Nature, Vol. 408, pp. 267-269 (November 9,

  • Robert Koenig, "Demography Sardinia's Mysterious
    Male Methuselahs," Science, Vol. 291, No. 5511,
    pp. 2074-6 (March 16, 2001).
  • Damaris Christensen, "Making Sense of
    Centenarians Genes and Lifestyle Help People
    Live Through a Century," Science News, Vol. 159,
    pp. 156-7 (March 10,2001).
  • 6. Nir Barzilai, Ilan Gabriely, Magda
    Gabriely, Nancy Iankowitz, and John D. Sorkin,
    "Offspring of Centenarians Have a Favorable Lipid
    Profile," Journal of the American Geriatrics
    Society, Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 76-79 (January

  • 7. Tom T. Perls, E. Burbrick, C. G. Wagner, et
    al, "Siblings of Centenarians Live Longer,"
    Lancet, Vol. 351, p. 1560 (1998).
  • 8. Jean-Marie Robine and M. Allard, "The Oldest
    Human," Science, Vol. 279, p. 1834 (1998).
  • 9. Jean-Marie Robine, "A New Biodemographic
    Model to Explain the Trajectory of Mortality,"
    Symposium on Organisms with Slow Aging (SOSA),
    ed. by Caleb E. Finch and Robert E. Ricklefs,
    USC/UCLA Center on Biodemograhy (Los Angeles,
    California September 22-23, 2000). 

  • 10. Jean-Marie Robine and James Vaupel,
    "Supercentenarians, Slower Aging Individuals, or
    Senile Elderly?" Symposium on Organisms with Slow
    Aging (SOSA), ed. by Caleb E. Finch and Robert E.
    Ricklefs, USC/UCLA Center on Biodemograhy (Los
    Angeles, California September 22-23, 2000).

  • 11. Jean-Marie Robine, Thomas B. L. Kirkwood,
    Michel Allard, Eds., Sex and Longevity
    Sexuality, Gender, Reproduction, Parenthood

    (Springer-Verlag, New York, 2001).
  • 12. Bernard Jeune and James W. Vaupel, Eds.,
    Validation of Exceptional Longevity, Odense
    Monographs on Population Aging, Vol. 6 (Odense
    University Press ISBN 8778384664 249 pages

  • 13. Annibale A. Puca, Mark J. Daly, Stephanie J.
    Brewster, Tara C. Matise, Jeffrey Barrett,
    Maureen Shea-Drinkwater, Sammy Kang, Erin Joyce,
    Julie Nicoli, Erica Benson, Louis M. Kunkel, and
    Thomas T. Perls, A Genome-Wide Scan for Linkage
    to Human Exceptional Longevity Identifies a Locus
    on Chromosome 4, Proceedings of the National
    Academy of Sciences, USA, Vol. 98, Issue 18, pp.
    10505-8 (August 28, 2001).

  • 14. Lana Skirboll, Editor, "Stem Cells
    Scientific Progress and Future Research
    Directions -- Opportunities and Challenges A
    Focus on Future Stem Cell Applications" (200 page
    NIH Report June 19, 2001).
  • 15. Bert Vogelstein, Barry R. Bloom, Corey S.
    Goodman, Patricia A. King, Guy M. McKhann, Myron
    L. Weisfeldt, and Kathleen R. Merikangas, Stem
    Cells, and the Future of Regenerative Medicine
    (Committee on the Biological and Biomedical
    Applications of Stem-Cell Research National
    Academy of Sciences Press Washington, D.C.
    September 11, 2001).
  • 16. Daniel R. Marshak, Richard L. Gardner, and
    David Gottlieb, eds., Stem Cell Biology (550
    pages Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY 2001).

  • 17. Jose B. Cibelli Ann A. Kiessling Kerrianne
    Cunniff Charlotte Richards Robert P. Lanza
    Michael D. West, "Rapid Communication Somatic
    Cell Nuclear Transfer in Humans Pronuclear and
    Early Embryonic Development," e-Biomed The
    Journal of Regenerative Medicine, Vol. 2, pp. 25
    - 31, DOI 10.1089/152489001753262168 (Mary Ann
    Liebert, Inc, November 26, 2001).
  • 18. Jose B. Cibelli, Robert P. Lanza, Michael D.
    West, and Carol Ezzell, The First Human Cloned
    Embryo, Scientific American, pp. 44-51(January
  • 19. Leonid A. Gavrilov and Natalia S. Gavrilova,
    The Reliability Theory of Aging and Longevity,
    Journal of Theoretical Biology, Vol. 213, No. 4,
    pp. 527-545 (2001).
  • 20. John C. George, et al, Age and Growth
    Estimates of Bowhead Whales (Balaena mysticetus)
    via Aspartic Acid Racemization, Canadian Journal
    of Zoology, Vol. 77, pp. 571-580 (1999).

  • 21. Ronald McKay,. et al. "Dopamine Neurons
    Derived from Embryonic Stem Cells Function in an
    Animal Model of Parkinson's Disease," Nature,
    Vol. 417 (June 20 2002).
  • 22. Catherine M. Verfaille, et al. "Pluripotency
    of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Derived from Adult
    Marrow," Nature, Vol. 417 (June 20 2002).
  • 23. Thomas T. Perls, John Wilmoth, Robin
    Levenson, Maureen Drinkwater, Melissa Cohen,
    Hazel Bogan, Erin Joyce, Stephanie Brewster,
    Louis Kunkel, and Annibale Puca, Life-Long
    Sustained Mortality Advantage of Siblings of
    Centenarians, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Vol.
    99, No. 12, pp. 8442-7 (June 11, 2002).

  • J. Zhang, J. Asin-Cayuela, J. Fish, Y. Michikawa,
    M. Bonafe, F. Olivieri, G. Passarino, G. De
    Benedictis, C. Franceschi, and G. Attardi,
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