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Genetic reset ‘could lead to 1,000-year-old humans’

And other stories from the stranger side of life

Laboratory test

Experiments on humans trialling a “genetic reset” that could allow us to live for thousands of years will begin in less than two years, according to a Harvard genetics expert. Following tests on mice, Professor David Sinclair said “there are embryonic genes that we can put into the adult animal to reset the age of tissues and it only takes four to eight weeks to work well”. He says anyone who believes humans can’t live forever is “full of it”.

Princess Diana’s Escort up for sale

A Ford Escort that Prince Charles gave to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 is up for sale. Diana was photographed at the wheel of the car, visiting her fiancee Charles and driving to and from polo matches. The Escort, which is being sold by Reeman Dansie, an Essex auctioneers, has a 1.6-litre engine and has travelled 83,000 miles. It is on sale for £40,000.

Brace for Crocs stilettos

The most divisive footwear on the planet has been given a new twist after a fashion house created a pair of Crocs stilettos. With the brand’s logo on the strap and a stiletto attached to the bottom of the shoe, the elevated clogs come in green, grey, and black. Balenciaga is also launching a knee-high pair of Crocs. Standard Crocs shoes have provoked strong reactions: millions of pairs have been sold but some have dubbed them “hideous”.

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