$700 Test Tells How Long You'll Live

Monday, 16 May 2011 08:57 AM

Thanks to new technology that scientists say can predict how fast a person is aging, Britons will be able to get more information about themselves than they may care to have.

A controversial blood test that measures telomeres — structures on the tips of a person’s chromosomes — can not only reveal how fast a person is aging, but also may help predict how long one has to live, The Independent reports. The test will be available over-the-counter in Britain this year and will sell for 435 pounds or $705.

"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,” said Professor Jerry Shay of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre in Dallas, who is a scientific consultant for Life Length, the company behind the test. “Telomeres are important — there is no question of that."

Some scientists are questioning the test’s value and whether stronger ethical controls over its planned wider use are needed. There also are concerns regarding people’s reactions to their results, and fears that shady businesses may try to profit with unproven anti-aging remedies.

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