The Longevity Associated Variant of BPIFB4

In principle, genetic variants associated with longevity should help to point out which processes are more important in the aging process, and therefore steer researchers towards more effective approaches to interventions aimed at slowing or reversing aging. In practice, however, so few longevity-associated variants have been found that little has been accomplished on this front. One of them is examined in this open access paper. The mechanism by which it contributes to longevity may be a reduction in the burden of hypertension and consequent tissue damage. To be clear, near any study of genetics and aging turns up all sorts of variants that correlate with longevity in the study population in question, but only a handful have ever been replicated in other study populations. This tells us that the genetics of aging is a matter of hundreds or thousands of tiny, interacting contributions, highly sensitive to environmental factors. This is why I am not optimistic that genetic studies of this nature are the road to any sort of meaningful progress towards greater human longevity. Even the variant here, if it operates via a lowering of blood pressure, is a poor substitute for long-standing drugs that achieve the same result to a greater degree, and those drugs were developed without any reference to the genetic study of longevity. Frailty reflects the individual's biological age and life expectancy better than chronological age. Studies in long-living individuals (LL...
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