This article from the Connecticut Post reports on the Methuselah Project, Jonathan Rothberg's latest initiative. Hosted through his Rothberg Institute for Childhood Disease, the project invites people who are at least 95 years old and in good health to send in sputum samples so that scientists can interrogate their genomes in the hopes of finding the genetic basis for longevity. According to the article, Rothberg is shooting to get samples from at least 100 people.

 

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