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Questionable evidence for a limit to human lifespan

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A.L. and J.V. performed data analysis and contributed to writing the manuscript.

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Correspondence to James W. Vaupel.

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Lenart, A., Vaupel, J. Questionable evidence for a limit to human lifespan. Nature 546, E13–E14 (2017).

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