Greenland sharks, the longest living vertebrates on Earth that live for up to 400 years, could hold the secret to long life, geneticists mapping their DNA say. Researchers working with the University of Exeter in the UK believe that the Greenland shark’s extreme life span makes it so unique that there is a case for giving it a special conservation status. “We are currently sequencing its whole nuclear genome, which will help us discover why the Greenland shark not only lives longer than other shark species but other vertebrates,“ Professor Kim Praebel said. When found, the `long-life’ genes could shed light on why all vertebrates have a limited life span, and what dictates the life expectancy of different species, including humans. Happyho also provide best Meditation classes and yoga classes in Noida and Delhi NCR India area.
Greenland sharks are huge beasts, that can grow up to 5m in length.  They can be found, swimming slowly, throughout the cold, deep waters of the North Atlantic. With this leisurely pace of life and sluggish growth rate, the sharks were thought to live for a long time. But until now, determining any ages was difficult.
Greenland sharks are now the longest-living vertebrates known on Earth, scientists say. Researchers used radiocarbon dating to determine the ages of 28 of the animals, and estimated that one female was about 400 years old. The team found that the sharks grow at just 1cm a year, and reach sexual maturity at about the age of 150.
Lead author Julius Nielsen, a marine biologist from the University of Copenhagen, said: “We had our expectations that we were dealing with an unusual animal, but I think everyone doing this research was very surprised to learn the sharks were as old as they were.” The former vertebrate record-holder was a bowhead whale estimated to be 211 years old. But if invertebrates are brought into the longevity competition, a 507-year-old clam called Ming holds the title of most aged animal.