Moirai Conservation and Research

Working to understand and protect earth’s longest-lived species

THE PROBLEM

Evolution has already found multiple solutions for living past 100 years. There are many animals that characteristically live much longer than humans, including fellow vertebrate animals. We believe that the best place to begin the search for ways to increase human lifespan and healthspan is to start by asking “how has evolution already solved this problem?” Long-lived animals have a low biotic potential (a low birth rate coupled with late onset of sexual maturity), which means that when long-lived species experience a dip in population number they are slow to rebound. As a consequence of habitat loss and environmental change many long-lived species are currently endangered or on the brink of extinction.


ABOUT US

Moirai Conservation and Research Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists for the following five reasons:

  • First, to research these animals for ways to improve human health and longevity.
  • Second, to provide free, online, and easy-to-use tools for bioinformatic analysis of animal physiology and genetics.
  • Third, to educate the public about the conservation status, ecological importance, habitat, physiology, general behavior, and lifespan of long-lived species. As a part of this goal, our book is currently available of Amazon.
  • Fourth, to coordinate and work with volunteers in an effort to study these species world-wide. The ability of these animals to achieve extremely long lifespans (in some cases, several times the average human lifespan) is not well understood by the scientific community, and it is our goal to investigate the extreme longevity of these animals from multiple scientific perspectives.
  • And fifth, to provide for the conservation of these species. Many of these species are currently threatened or endangered, and it is our mission to develop conservation strategies to guard against the possible loss of these species. As part of this effort, we are in the planning stage for completely sequencing the DNA of these species as a safeguard to preserve vital information about them in the event of their extinction. Acquired DNA sequences will be made freely available to the public.