Italian village with the most 100-year-olds has science seeking clues

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Perdasdefogu looks like any other Sardinian village with a pre-Romanesque church, central square and charming little shops. It has all you need, but otherwise seems pretty unremarkable, until you realise it is home to more centenarians than anywhere else in the world. Though Perdasdefogu boasts a place in the Guinness Book of Records, the access road does not indicate a claim to fame for the village of 1,780 inhabitants. You reach it via a narrow, winding road that snakes up through rugged mountains on the Italian island. Only then, at the entrance, is there a plaque noting its record-breaking…

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