What it is: An international team of scientists have come to the conclusion that there is no known limit to human lifespan. Published in the journal Science, the findings are based on a new set of high-quality data collected on Italians over the age of 105. While risk of death increases exponentially from age 65 to 80, the range of risk increases after 80 — meaning that risks are more varied person to person — and after age 105, overall risks seems to plateau at an average 50 percent of living another year.
Why it’s important: Even without the many advances we have made in recent years to save lives and extend healthy lifespans, this analysis suggests that mortality is not a foregone conclusion, as many might believe. Look for this to begin to turn public opinion, and for an increased acceptance of longevity research overall.
Abundance Insider: Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin