Living To 100 And Beyond: The Longevity Gene

Living To 100 And Beyond: The Longevity Gene
Innovation

New research has uncovered genetic markers responsible for a long life in humans.

Naresh Kumar
  • 2 july 2010

A team of scientists from Boston University has identified genes associated with extreme longevity that can help them predict the likeliness of a person to live beyond the age of 100.

The research was based on the largest study of its kind covering the genes of 1,000 centenarians that identified genetic markers most different between centenarians and randomly selected individuals. Between 33 and 70 such genes were identified that helped the scientists prepare a model that can predict with 77 percent accuracy whether a person would live beyond the age of 100 years. The team believes there’s a possibility of developing a simple test to screen people’s chances of having such a long life.

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