Directorate-General for Research & Innovation logo Horizon: the EU Research & Innovation magazine | European Commission logo
Receive our editor’s picks

Extending life

Microscopic mitochondria in our cells could be manipulated to help us live for longer. Image: Inserm/U781
Microscopic mitochondria in our cells could be manipulated to help us live for longer. Image: Inserm/U781

Bats live for longer than their body size suggests, up to twenty times longer. In August, we hear how profiling their DNA is giving researchers clues about how to extend human life.

It’s part of a special focus on ageing where we learn how manipulating mitochondria, the microscopic power houses in our cells, could help us live for longer, and find out how gene damage inherited from our grandparents can affect the way we age.

We also learn about the researchers who are making vaccines that turn our immune systems against proteins caused by diseases like Alzheimer’s, and find out about the smart mirrors that can warn doctors if an elderly person isn’t feeling right.

More info