Scientists discover what makes us live longer

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A genetic test has been developed that can predict whether someone is likely to live an extremely long life, but scientists have warned that society is still not ready for such predictions.

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Scientists discover what makes us live longerNew test unlocks secrets of life expectancy by predicting which of us will reach 100By Steve Connor, Science EditorFriday, 2 July 2010A genetic test has been developed that can predict whether someone is likely to live an extremely long life, but scientists have warned that society is still not ready for such predictions.The test is based on a scan of a person's entire genome; so far it can predict whether someone is likely to live to 100 with an accuracy of 77 per cent. However, refinements to the test will improve its precision, raising the prospect that it could one day be used to predict whether someone is genetically predisposed to extreme longevity.Commercial organisations are likely to market the test within a few years. But the scientists behind the research warn that there should be a public debate on the ethical implications behind such testing. Related articlesProfessor Tom Kirkwood: There are limits to our powers of prediction AC Grayling: Will this step towards a longer life create yet another divide in our society? Search the news archive for more stories Researchers developed the test by analysing the genomes

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