17 May '11, 4am

Blood test tells you how long you will live (via ST iPhone App)

A BLOOD test that tells someone's biological age will go on sale in Britain later this year for US$700 (S$875), the Independent reported on Monday. The test will be able to offer the possibility of estimating how long the person has left to live by measuring telomeres on the tip of their chromosomes, the most important and accurate indicators of how rapidly someone is ageing. However, critics worry that it can be misused by some companies that try to sell unproven anti-ageing remedies. Insurance companies might also take interest in the result of the test to decide what kind of medical coverage they will offer. However, the test could provide insights into a range of age-related disorders, from cardiovascular disease to Alzheimer's and cancer. The inventor of the test said that the fact that short telomeres can cause a shorter lifespan is already known. 'What's new about t...

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