NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A research team at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University has reeled in a $3.3 million grant to study how genes may be involved in protecting some people against frailty as they age.

The researchers plan to use the National Institute on Aging grant to evaluate the roles exceptional longevity traits and genotypes play in lowering an individual's risk for frailty, a clinical term referring to reduced strength, balance, and vulnerability to trauma, and other problems.

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