The Science Of How Long Humans Can Really Live, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Study

For thousands of years, throughout recorded history, people have searched for a way to live longer.

And we've made remarkable strides, especially in the past century and a half or so. But we may now be butting up against a natural limit to the human lifespan, according to an analysis published October 5 in Nature.

The authors of the analysis say that their data indicates that even if we continue to cure diseases that affect people in old age, no one is likely to significantly outlive the Frenchwoman who holds the record of the human with the longest known life, Jeanne Calment.

She was 122 years old when she died, in 1997.

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