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http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-05-blood.html
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A controversial test capable of revealing just how long you have to live is set to hit the market in Britain within the year. The test measures a person's telomeres which are the structures found on the tips of chromosomes and researchers believe that these telomeres are crucial indicators of the speed in which a body is ageing.

This is incredible, but there's no way I'd ever get the test.
Having that sort of knowledge would totally distort my perception of the world around. eek.gif
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Originally Posted by frickfrock99;13536647 
This is incredible, but there's no way I'd ever get the test.
Having that sort of knowledge would totally distort my perception of the world around. eek.gif

There are far too many external and other factors too, illness, disease, accidents etc. I'd rather not know my expiry date.

I am impressed with the science behind it though.
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post #3 of 95
Seems like snake oil.
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I think this step forward in technology is very bad. I mean, theres are just some things that a person does NOT want to know. Wouldn't it be horrible if you took the test and find that you will only live to a young age. Just horrible

EDIT: I think its wrong to release these publicly, but i guess they could come in handy for other illnesses and hospital reasons.
Edited by Rowey - 5/17/11 at 7:54am
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Telomeres are only an indicator and not definitive of life expectency. I listened to an interview with a doctor from the company...


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Seems like snake oil.
Telomeres have been known for some time now. I believe there is a species of abnormally long lived birds with regenerating telomeres.
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Telomeres are only an indicator and not definitive of life expectency.

Nothing is 100% definitive, but this at least gives a general idea.

I imagine they would improve on it with future iterations.
post #7 of 95
How long until the health insurance companies start using stuff like this as an excuse to jack rates up even higher?
I will never allow a procedure like this to be done to me. I'd rather not know anyways.
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This is like saying when a car will die based on the batch of engine it received. Driving conditions, maintenance and random luck will all play a part in how and when that car dies.

But this is very interesting, the whole Telomere thing is.
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Originally Posted by frickfrock99;13536647 
This is incredible, but there's no way I'd ever get the test.
Having that sort of knowledge would totally distort my perception of the world around. eek.gif

I'm with you, this could easily have seriously unpleasant psychological consequences. I wonder if parents will use this when adopting, etc.
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post #9 of 95
Interesting. Like others have said, its not the only factor, but I'd probably do the test for giggles.
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When someone finds out they have 1 week to live, their going to go on a killing spree on their last day on earth.

On a serious note, this is a very big step forward.
     
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