The 16 genetic markers that can cut a life story short


Professor Zoltan Kutalik, of the IUMSP’s Division of Biostatistics and Quantitative Methodsd has conducted a study showing that:

“The answer to how long each of us will live is partly encoded in our genome. Researchers have identified 16 genetic markers associated with a decreased lifespan, including 14 new to science. This is the largest set of markers of lifespan uncovered to date. About 10% of the population carries some configurations of these markers that shorten their life by over a year compared with the population average. [...] The study provides a powerful computational framework to uncover the genetics of our time of death, and ultimately of any disease. It is published today in Nature Communications.”

Source: SIB (Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics) press release




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