Oldest man in world has “genetic edge”

Jiroemon Kimura, who became the world’s oldest man on record last week, can thank a combination of luck early in life and, later, good genes, for surviving seven decades longer than most of his peers.

As Mr Kimura ages, his DNA is giving him an edge. Scientists say specific genes that protect against heart disease, cancer and other old-age ailments foster longevity. Knowing the biological mechanisms involved may provide clues to counter a rising tide of non-communicable diseases predicted to cost the global economy US$47 trillion (Dh172.49 trillion) over the next 20 years.

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