Oldest Dutch person had special genes

15th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Dutch woman who died aged 115 had special genes that protected her against dementia, researchers at the VU University Amsterdam say.

The researchers, who were given permission to examine her body, found no traces of Alzheimer or dementia in her DNA. The research was presented at a conference in Canada.

Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper died of cancer in 2005 and is thought to have been the eldest Dutch person ever.

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