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Behind The Body Issue: Dan Buettner On Places Where People Live Longest

In this week’s Body Issue, the magazine included an adaptation of new material being published in the second edition of Dan Buettner’s book “Blue Zones.” (National Geographic is publishing the book next month.) The article described a Greek island where many people live into their late 90s and beyond.

For more than a decade you have been looking into why some people manage to live so long. How did you first get interested in the topic?

I was leading scientific expeditions for National Geographic, often oriented around a mystery or a question.

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