DNA clock helps to get measure of people's lifespans

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DNA clock helps to get measure of people's lifespans

Post  Guest on Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:12 pm

Scientists have identified a biological clock that provides vital clues about how long a person is likely to live.

Researchers studied chemical changes to DNA that take place over a lifetime, and can help them predict an individual's age. By comparing individuals' actual ages with their predicted biological clock age, scientists saw a pattern emerging.
People whose biological age was greater than their true age were more likely to die sooner than those whose biological and actual ages were the same.
Four independent studies tracked the lives of almost 5,000 older people for up to 14 years. Each person's biological age was measured from a blood sample at the outset, and participants were followed up throughout the study.
Researchers found that the link between having a faster-running biological clock and early death held true even after accounting for other factors such as smoking, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Scientists from the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with researchers in Australia and the US, measured each person's biological age by studying a chemical modification to DNA, known as methylation.
The modification does not alter the DNA sequence


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150130092913.htm

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Post  eddie on Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:14 pm

That would just freak me the fuck out!!! pale
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Post  Bert Assirati on Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:52 am

Knowing my bleed'n luck it would suggest somewhere between 100 and 106.  I'll still be here, typing crap, posting awful music links but sat on a commode, peeing at will (F knows who Will is) and without my teeth.

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Post  Lord Edmund Moletrousers on Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:10 pm

@Bert Assirati wrote:Knowing my bleed'n luck it would suggest somewhere between 100 and 106.  I'll still be here, typing crap, posting awful music links but sat on a commode, peeing at will (F knows who Will is) and without my teeth.

I've just had to undergo a "life expectancy" assessment in connection with a family trust. This indicates that I should have another ten or eleven years before the Grim Reaper knocks on my door.

The good news is that I should stay breathing for long enough to keep a hell of a lot of dosh out of the taxman's sticky paws.

The bad news is that I face the prospect another decade or so of turgid Scratcrap rubbish in here.
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Post  Guest on Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:13 pm

@eddie wrote:That would just freak me the fuck out!!! pale


I can see why it might freak you out Eddie, but to me if people did have an understanding of how much life they were going to have, maybe they would spend a better time enjoying their life. At least in a way knowing to a certain extent how much life you will have can better pprepare for this.
I do understand though people not wanting to know, but I would be fine knowing.

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Post  Bert Assirati on Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:22 pm

Go on arguing and be pompous Didge and it might be closer than you think.

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Post  Guest on Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:25 pm

@Bert Assirati wrote:Go on arguing and be pompous Didge and it might be closer than you think.

What are you whinging about now Keith?
I was not even debating anyone but giving a view to Eddie, so you can go back to your constant drooling.

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Post  Bert Assirati on Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:45 pm

Drooling...?

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Post  tom sawyer on Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:19 pm

Phil Didge wrote:


I can see why it might freak you out Eddie, but to me if people did have an understanding of how much life they were going to have, maybe they would spend a better time enjoying their life. At least in a way knowing to a certain extent how much life you will have can better pprepare for this.
I do understand though people not wanting to know, but I would be fine knowing.


But on the other hand if you knew you only had a month to live you might go around burning down the mosques, or rob a few banks to  buy some ammo Grinning

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Post  Flix on Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:11 pm

Maybe most people if they knew how long they had would just worry about it a the time and end up doing nothing much, most peole have to work to live however long they have so unless you have very simple pleasures in mind just think how much worse you'd feel not being able to do the things you dream about doing one day.

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