"We know that people who are born with shorter telomeres than normal also have a shorter lifespan. We know that shorter telomeres can cause a shorter lifespan. But we don't know whether longer telomeres are going to give you a longer lifespan. That's not really known in humans. "What is new about this test is that it is very precise. We can detect very small differences in telomere length and it is a very simple and fast technique where many samples can be analysed at the same time. Most importantly, we are able to determine the presence of dangerous telomeres – those that are very short."
"This test devised by Blasco is so accurate that it is likely to provide more useful information than some of the other tests out there right now. What's important in ageing is the shortest telomeres. What makes cells stop growing is the shortest telomeres, not the average telomere length, which is what other tests look at. "Everyone talks about the chronological age, but there is also a biological age, and telomere length is actually a pretty good representation of your biological age. Telomeres are important – there is no question of that."
“I think they’re just trying to make money. I couldn’t participate in what they were standing for. The science isn’t there yet.”
This is just wild and a little scary I might add.
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This is just wild and a little scary I might add.
It's expensive, too. I'd rather spend the money on some new hardware!
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So what about the guy that gets this test and it says he will live to be 70 and walks out the door and gets hit by a bus and dies. Wouldnt his family be able to sue this company for getting it wrong?
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I predict (as the article said) that insurance companies will strike a deal with this company for cheap testing, and suddenly require everyone to get this test done before granting insurance. I can also see them jacking current customers and dropping them if they get a bad score,...............
This adds new meaning to the term, "Hey Shorty!"
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
"The test will, the maker says, be able to predict your life expectancy to within a decade."
I wonder - if you look at the average life expectancy of a person living in a particular area of the world, and then give an over/under of 10 years, does that encompass a good percentage of the population?
For example, according to Wikipedia, the average life expectancy of a male in the United States is 75.6 years. So give or take 10 years either way, and you'd expect that the vast majority of males will live between 65.6 and 85.6 years of age. If it were true (I don't know if it is or not) that the majority of males actually live to between 65.6 and 85.6 years of age, then I see little value in this test.
Every test will come up with the same answer,.......Dec 21,2012 :P
animatortom:Every test will come up with the same answer,.......Dec 21,2012 :P
animatortom:Just pointing out the crazy end of the world scare tactics that many people will believe.
Like the year 2000. Wasn't that a horrible experience for all of us?
This test can only predict your death as what your body is like when you take it. If you're unhealthy it will obviously effect the result. You could get healthy a year later and the test will say you'll live 15 more years. No one leads the exact same life for the rest of their lives, so the test is useless essentially. But it could be used to scare unhealthy people into becoming healthy.
BBaker:But it could be used to scare unhealthy people into becoming healthy.
So now, some hard-charging entrepreneur will come out with a dietary supplement that claims to 'add length' to your telomeres, thereby prolonging your life. (Viag-Life anybody? How about Ciala-Longlife?) People will buy it, thinking that they've found the "Fountain Of Youth" in a pill, because we all know that many people simply will buy ANYTHING. They'll end up selling everything just to get their hands on this magic substance.
The entrepreneur will be rich until it's found that the pills grow hair on your eyeballs, and then he'll run away with the money to an island in the sun.
(Yep!, Just Imagine)
Does this test also measure the girth of the telomeres, or is this only about the length?
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