How long can we live? Limit hasn't been reached: Study

Data from new research on elderly Italians suggests that humans are not yet close to the biological ceiling

Since 1900, average life expectancy around the globe has more than doubled, thanks to better public health, sanitation and food supplies. But a new study of long-lived Italians indicates that we have yet to reach the upper bound of human longevity.

"If there's a fixed biological limit, we are not close to it," said Ms Elisabetta Barbi, a demographer at the University of Rome. Ms Barbi and her colleagues have published their research in the journal Science.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2018, with the headline 'How long can we live? Limit hasn't been reached: Study'. Print Edition | Subscribe