Why women live longer then men: It’s in the genes

THE reason women live roughly four years longer than men in Australia may not solely be down to their reduced rate of obesity, risky behaviour and smoking. According to research published today, it’s down to genetics.

Both men and women have mitochondrial DNA but researchers from Monash University and Lancaster University in England, found that only females were immune to mutations carried in the mitochondria, which is found in every cell of the body.

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