Friday, November 04, 2005

Long Live Ashkenazim!

Wish you many, many, years strolling Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, with your tzitzis hanging against your panama shorts:


Rhea Tauber is 98 but has more energy than people 20 years younger. From a second-floor office in her town house in Yonkers, N.Y. she writes a regular column on current events for the Westchester Jewish Chronicle. She taxis into Manhattan to go to the symphony with her daughter or hang with their friends. "I may be aged, but I am not an old lady," she says. Other than a recent knee injury and a gall bladder operation 60 years ago, she can't recall any significant medical problem.
"I am a total mystery to my doctors. They call me the miracle lady," she says. But researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York have pinpointed one reason for Tauber's longevity: her DNA. Examining the genes of Tauber and 350 other Ashkenazi Jews who are nearing age 100, Nir Barzilai and his colleagues have identified three genes that appear to promote long life by protecting against the diseases of old age. One longevity gene, present in 24% of these centenarians, (including Tauber) compared with 8% among younger people, may help stave off cardiovascular disease by making the body more efficient at removing cholesterol. It also may protect against cognitive decline in old age.

Barzilai hopes his research will lead to a new generation of protective drugs that will let people avoid major chronic diseases of the elderly...

Harvard's David Sinclair, a 36-year-old star in the field of aging, says the research surge "promises to extend your healthy years so that a 90-year-old could be disease free and feel like a 60-year-old." The science of aging "has split the atom," he adds. "It is no longer an if ' but a when.'"

No wonder so many rich Jews in the nursing home business:
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 3:38 PM


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