Good news for the shorties out there! Scientists have discovered a gene, which is associated with short stature in women, that is also linked to living a long life. The gene, called IGF1R, has been nicknamed the "Methuselah mutation," by Scientific American and was studied in Ashkenazi Jews aged 95-108 at the Institute for Aging Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The Ashkenazi were the focus of the study because, according to Science Daily, they're more "genetically uniform than other groups, making it easier to spot gene differences that are present." This is especially excellent news for tiny, tiny Jew and Jezebel's personal sex guru Dr. Ruth, who is turning 80 this year. [Science Daily, Scientific American]
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