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Biogerontology. 2011 Oct;12(5):467-71. doi: 10.1007/s10522-011-9350-7. Epub 2011 Jul 16.

Blood group does not appear to affect longevity a pilot study in centenarians from Western Sicily.

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Immunohaemathology Unit, University Medical School "Paolo Giaccone" Hospital, Palermo, PA, Italy.


Centenarians are the best example of extreme human longevity, and they represent a selected population in which the appearance of major age-related diseases, such as cancer, and cardiovascular diseases among others, has been consistently delayed or escaped. The study of the long-lived individual genetic profile has the purpose to possibly identify the genes and the allelic variations influencing extended life expectancy, hence considering them as biomarkers of age-related diseases onset and development. The present study shows no significant differences between allelic variations of ABO blood groups among a group of centenarians from Western Sicily.

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