There was an interesting news item in this week’s news from Shelbyville, Indiana. Edna Parker, the world’s oldest woman, died. She was 115 years and 220 days old, according to Robert Young, a senior consultant for gerontology for Guinness World Records. Mrs. Parker was the 14th oldest validated super-centenarian in history. Maria de Jesus of Portugal, who was born on 10 September 1893, is now the world's oldest living person.
A super-centenarian is defined as someone who has reached the age of 110 or more. Only one in a thousand centenarians achieve this age, and only about 2% reach the age of 115. This is an extraordinary physiological achievement indeed!
“He Has Good Genes” … or Maybe Not
How often have you heard someone comment on another person by saying, “Well, he certainly has good genes, and he’ll probably outlive me”? With all the interest in genetic genealogy today, such a statement is intriguing. While family genetics certainly contribute to our physiological blueprint, there are always genetic changes and mutations that can occur along the way.
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