Could bats hold the secret to healthy ageing?

In the fictional links he drew between immortal vampires and bats, Dracula creator Bram Stoker may have had one thing right. “Maybe it’s all in the blood,” says Emma Teeling, a geneticist studying the exceptional longevity of bats in the hope of discovering benefits for humans. The University College Dublin researcher works with the charity Bretagne Vivante to study bats living in rural churches and schools in Brittany, western France. “We’re taking a little bit of blood, but rather than us being the vampires to the bats we’re making them…

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