Rare Immune Cells Found in Supercentenarians Aged 110+

Rarely do young people have the special immune cells that are found in older individuals.

Scientists are intrigued by the few people who reach their 110th birthday. Researchers looked at the immune system of people who had reached the milestone and found they had a high amount of a type of immune cells that is rare, even among healthy younger people.

Supercentenarians are rare in the modern world of medicine. It is estimated that there are less than 1000 of them worldwide. It is not surprising that previous studies show that people who live to be 110 seem to have avoided illnesses such as cancer and infections for their entire lives.

Researchers at Keio University and the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Science examined the immune systems and compared them with younger people for a new study. Researchers took 40,000 cells out of seven supercentenarians and 20,000 from five controls, aged between 50 and 80.


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