Elements - Unravelling the Secrets of Old Age

Although Perls and his peers around the world have been looking at centenarian DNA for decades, a much more focused project is now getting underway: the Archon Genomic X Prize (AGXP). This bold endeavour seeks to find a fast and cheap way to sequence a person’s entire genetic code. Competitors will have to test their methods on the DNA of centenarians. And Perls has convinced Eberhardt to be one of the participants. In total, Perls needs the DNA of 100 people over age 105 to supply their DNA to this unique science competition, the prize for which is $10m.

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