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Human Longevity | George Leeson


Dr George W Leeson was interviewed by Sky News Live in response to a debate sparked by a widely publicised Nature paper from 2016 suggesting that human lifespan has a limit of around 115 years, a claim that prompted extraordinary levels of criticism from the scientific community. Five groups of researchers have now published a series of formal rebuttals that were published on 28th June in Nature Communications Arising.


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N.J.L. Brown et al., “Contesting the evidence for limited human Lifespan,” Nature Communications Arising, doi:10.1038/nature22784, 2017.

J. de Beer et al., “Maximum human lifespan may increase to 125 years,” Nature Communications Arising, doi:10.1038/nature22792, 2017.

M.P. Rozing et al., “Is there evidence for a limit to human lifespan?” Nature Communications Arising, doi: 10.1038/nature22788, 2017.

B.G. Hughes & S. Hekimi, “Many possible maximum lifespan trajectories,” Nature Communications Arising, doi:10.1038/nature22786, 2017.

A. Lenart & J.W. Vaupel, “Questionable evidence for a limit to human lifespan, Nature Communications Arising, doi:10.1038/nature22790, 2017.