We developed a high-throughput functional genomic strategy that allows identification of human genes prolonging life-span in the baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The method is based on isolating yeast mother cells with extended number of cell divisions as indicated by the increased number of bud scars on their surface. Screening of a human HepG2 cDNA expression library in yeast resulted in the isolation of 12 yeast transformants with a potentially prolonged life-span. The transgene in one of the lines was identified as ferritin light chain (FTL) and studied in more detail. Yeast cells containing FTL showed an enhanced iron and H2O2 resistance, a reduced cell death rate and an increased number of cell divisions. Our data demonstrate that this method permits a fast screening of libraries for hunting genes involved in ageing processes.