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Age-defying bats could help us live longer

Publication Date: 05 August, 2014


Horizon, the EU Research and Innovation Magazine, today published an article describing the work of the European Research Council-funded AGELESS project, lead by Professor Emma Teeling, which aims to understand more about the mechanisms that lead to ageing through the study of bats.

The project is now following five colonies of greater mouse-eared bats living in Brittany, in the north-west of France. The team has implanted electronic transponders into 300 bats to identify them and track their movements across the seasons. Each year, they return to the field to weigh the specimens, measure their wingspan, take a blood sample for genetic sequencing, and then release them back into the wild.

You can read the full article here.