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Monday, May 16, 2011

New blood test tells you how long you'll live


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The £400 test that tells you how long you'll live

DNA breakthrough heralds new medical era – and opens ethical Pandora's box

A blood test that can show how fast someone is ageing – and offers the
tantalising possibility of estimating how long they have left to live – is
to go on sale to the general public in Britain later this year.

The controversial test measures vital structures on the tips of a person's
chromosomes, called telomeres, which scientists believe are one of the most
important and accurate indicators of the speed at which a person is ageing.

The results of the tests might also be of interest to companies offering life-insurance policies or medical cover that depend on a person's lifetime risk of falling seriously ill or dying prematurely.
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