Will you live 100 years?

Do you want to know whether you are going to live and hit century? Check this out.....

Scientists~have~now~developed a new genetic test which tells whether you can live 100 years or not.

computer~program~will~give~individuals~their~odds~of~reaching~the~age~of~100 - and tell them whether their chances are higher or lower than average.

Its inventors,~from~the~respected~Boston~University~in~the~U.S., say it will allow those not blessed with the cocktail of 'centenarian genes' to make changes to their lifestyle to maximise the time they have.

But the breakthrough raises moral questions about the effects of being told your destiny - and about who picks up the pieces if the test results are wrong.

There is also the fear that insurance and pension firms could use the information to alter premiums and payouts.



Researcher Dr Paola Sebastiani said: 'Some signatures correlate with the longest survival, other signatures correlate with the most delayed onset of age-related diseases such as dementia or cardiovascular disease.'

Understanding how these genes lengthen life or protect against illness could lead to new drugs to fight disease.

The researchers are now completing work on a computer program which can tell whether someone is predisposed to a long life - as long as they have information on their genetic code to hand.

It could be available to other scientists within days, before being released to the public.

The researchers are not patenting the information, meaning there is nothing to stop a biotech company creating an easy-to-use commercial kit.

But there are concerns about the reactions of those given the news that their life could be longer or shorter than they'd expected.

And the researchers' method is only 77 per cent accurate - meaning almost a quarter of those tested could be told they didn't have what it takes to live to 100, when in fact they did.

One in 15 has the right combination of genes to live to 100, but just one in 600 actually makes it, meaning factors such as healthcare, diet and exercise are hugely important.

Dr Muireann Quigley, a Manchester University bioethicist, warned: 'Having these genes doesn't mean you are invulnerable to having an accident or getting knocked down.'

>'If you are going to die early, you would want to have children early, wouldn't make prolonged retirement plans, you'd want to finish projects sooner rather than later.'

>'I look at the complexity of this puzzle and feel very strongly that this will not lead to treatments that will get a lot of people to become centenarians but rather to make a dent in the onset of age-related diseases like Alzheimer's.

'What do you do when you are told you absolutely don't have an exceptional signature for longevity?

Unfortunately for couch potatoes and those who enjoy the finer things in life, the finding does not mean that we can stop taking care of our health.

One in 15 people has the right combination of genes to live to 100 - but just one in 600 does, meaning factors like standard of living, access to healthcare, diet and exercise are hugely important.

Even perfectly healthy people with great genes can't control being run over by a bus or being killed in a plane crash.

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