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Ultralong Life Is in the Genes

Ultralong Life Is in the Genes

Elizabeth Kirwan was trained for lab work so long ago, she recalls, that she and colleagues counted blood cells using a hemocytometer, and carried out all required chemistry manually. Kirwan, who turned 100 on May 8—she shares a birthday with Paramount Pictures—worked in the labs of several Los Angeles private hospitals before leaving her career behind to raise her family. These days, she stays busy by playing bridge, attending balance classes, and participating in some of the activities available at her San Diego senior community.

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