There’s no question that getting older means getting sicker. Conditions can be relatively minor and manageable – high blood pressure – or severe and complicated – dementia. It’s clear, though. A person who lives long enough will develop some type of ailment.
But, what if science could put a stopper in aging or at least put the brakes on a little? A group of researchers in the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) at Duke University is working on doing just that, asking whether there’s a link between genetics and the likelihood a disease will strike an individual in the future.