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The age plateau: New study suggests, at certain age, risk of death no longer increases

A new study suggests that we haven’t yet hit our limit on human longevity.
Emma Morano, once the oldest person in the world, celebrates her 117th birthday in 2016 in Verbania, Italy. Source: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni

Humans are living longer than ever before. But does our species have a fixed shelf life, or could we prolong our lives indefinitely?

A new study in Science suggests that we haven’t yet hit our limit on longevity — findings that come amid a heated debate on the question and that will almost surely be disputed by scientists who caution against putting too much hope in new advances in technology and medicine.

Demographers looked at data from nearly 4,000 Italians above the age

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