How much would you pay to learn how many years you have left to live?
The Independent, a British newspaper, reports scientists will soon be shilling a blood test that can estimate exactly when you should load up on your significant other’s life insurance.
The test allegedly examines the length of “telomeres,” which are “repetitive sequences of DNA” at the end of chromosomes that deteriorate as the body ages.
Some scientists say the test is hokum, that it can provide only a “hint” of life expectancy.
Al Jazeera has a video featuring Colin Blakemore, professor of Neurobiology at Oxford University, who said the test looked at “biological age,” rather than chronological age.
Blakemore said the test looks at telomeres in white blood cells, not in actual body tissue.
“I’m not convinced of its reliability,” he said.
Other doctors have fewer qualms.
“I think people are just basically curious about their own mortality. If you ask people what they worry about, most people would say they are worried about dying,” said Professor Jerry Shay of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in The Independent. ”People might say ‘If I know I’m going to die in 10 years I’ll spend all my money now’, or ‘If I’m going to live for 40 more years I’ll be more conservative’ [financially].”
I’ve got a feeling my telomeres are shorter than Tim Conway’s Dorf.
How long until I can buy Telomeres Vitamins?