A recent issue of The Independent carries a piece regarding a new test which claims to predict when you will die. The test ascertains the length of telomers, which appear on the end of chromosones. Shorter telomers indicate that you are likely to have a briefer life-span while longer ones show that you will, on average enjoy a longer existence.

The test raises interesting questions. First does it work? and, second ethical concerns regarding how insurance companies could use such data?

The test isn’t merely about genetics. For example researchers have discovered that civil servants who are highly educated have longer telomers than their less educated colleagues. Again meditation and other forms of stress relief may lengthen telomers.

The test may be useful, however as one respondent to the article states one could be knocked over crossing the road which would render the test rather academic (I paraphrase here)!

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