University of Liverpool: Integrative Genomics of Ageing Group

Dr João Pedro de Magalhães leads the Integrative Genomics of Ageing Group at the UK’s University of Liverpool. The team’s research focuses on understanding the genetic, cellular and molecular mechanisms of ageing. He also created AnAge, a curated database of ageing and life history in animals, including extensive longevity records.

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Longest-lived fish

Based on findings from a 2016 study, the rarely seen Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) can live for 392 years – and perhaps even longer, making it not just the longest-lived fish, but also the longest-lived vertebrate overall. This deep-dwelling fish, which grows roughly only 1 centimetre (0.4 inches) per year and only becomes sexually mature at 150 years old, is widely distributed across the cold waters of the North Atlantic – an environment that is thought to contribute to its longevity.