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Maximum lifespan may increase to 125 years

The oldest person ever was the Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122. Researchers at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) and the University of Groningen (UG) claim that her record will be broken this century. The results of their research are published in Nature.

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NIDI is the national demographic institute of the Netherlands. With its leading scientific research of population issues the mission of NIDI is to contribute to the solution of societal challenges with a focus on migration and integration, labour market and social security, ageing and family relationships. Characteristic of NIDI is the inter­disciplinary and inter­national approach, and fostering of young research talent. NIDI is a research institute of the Royal Nether­lands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and is affiliated with the University of Groningen (UG).

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