Could it be the chicken soup? Stem cell study aims to find out why New York Jews with East European roots live for so long

Scientists will study stem cells of New York Jews with East European roots in a bid to work out what is the secret to their longevity – many live to 100.

Many of the close-knit group reach a ton in age despite the fact that many drink, smoke and eat fatty food – and now experts are hoping to crack their amazing code.

Scientists at Cornell Medical College in New York are due to begin to study the stem cells of almost a dozen Ashkenazi Jews from a heavily persecuted group which originated from Russia.

Experts believe that years of intermarriage – and the sharing of genetic traits – might have helped the group live for so long.

In an attempt to find out how they live such long lives, research will be performed on the heart, lung, liver and other cells.

Dr Todd Evans, the scientist leading the study, is amazed that this ‘longevity cell’ helps ward off heart attacks, cancer and other life-threatening diseases and ailments.

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