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New blood test can show how long you will live.
www.wtam.com ^ | 05-16-2011 | Staff

Posted on 05/16/2011 10:23:24 AM PDT by Red Badger

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 13 (UPI) -- A blood test that measures the length of a person's telomeres -- a predictor of longevity -- may be available soon, U.S. and Spanish researchers say.

"Knowing whether our telomeres are a normal length or not for a given chronological age will give us an indication of our health status and of our physiological 'age' even before diseases appear," Maria A. Blasco, who heads the Telomeres and Telomerase Group at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center and who co-founded the company Life Length, told Scientific American.

Telomeres are caps on the ends of chromosomes protecting the ends from fraying. Many scientists view telomere length as a marker of biological aging, a "molecular" clock ticking off the cell's lifespan, as well as an indicator of health. Studies show distinct correlations between telomere length and lifestyle -- those who say they are the most stressed have shorter telomere lengths.

Telomere pioneer Calvin B. Harley, who co-founded Telome Health with Nobel laureate Elizabeth H. Blackburn, says telomere length may be the best single measure of integrated genetics, previous lifestyle and environmental exposures.

Those who have shorter telomere length may be able to improve diet, exercise and stress -- but some say people may be able to improve lifestyle with taking a telomere test, Nilesh J. Samani of the University of Leicester in England said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: aging; genetics; health; longevity; medicine; telomeres
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1 posted on 05/16/2011 10:23:28 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

More info here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/the-163400-test-that-tells-you-how-long-youll-live-2284639.html


2 posted on 05/16/2011 10:23:58 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Red Badger

This should set up an interesting contest between people and their insurance companies....


3 posted on 05/16/2011 10:25:03 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Red Badger
So.................I zip in, get my blood tested.

The doc calls me and tells me he has the results.

I go see the doc, and he looks at me very surprised.

I say, "why the surprise doc???"

He says...."because according to your blood test, you died four years ago!!!"

Now what??????????

4 posted on 05/16/2011 10:25:42 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason
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To: r9etb

Life insurance may become a bit more expensive...................


5 posted on 05/16/2011 10:29:47 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Logic n' Reason
Guy goes into the doctor and asks how long he has to live. The doctor asks, "Do you smoke."

"No, never have."

"Do you drink?"

"Nope."

"Take drugs? Drive too fast? Eat rich foods? Screw around?"

"No, none of those things"

"Then what do you care?"

6 posted on 05/16/2011 10:30:19 AM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Logic n' Reason

You're dead! No I'm Not! Yes you are!................

7 posted on 05/16/2011 10:31:53 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: r9etb

****This should set up an interesting contest between people and their insurance companies....****

If you thought people don’t like Obamacare now, wait till the government can read your tea leaves and base care on that.


8 posted on 05/16/2011 10:32:08 AM PDT by ResponseAbility (Islam...Imperialism in a turban.)
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To: Logic n' Reason

Get life insurance asap, and make me the beneficiary.


9 posted on 05/16/2011 10:32:46 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Red Badger

I think just knowing your family history is pretty accurate too.


10 posted on 05/16/2011 10:33:28 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Red Badger

And they though palm readers were crazy.


11 posted on 05/16/2011 10:33:35 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Red Badger
though thought
12 posted on 05/16/2011 10:34:38 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Red Badger

Unless you get hit by a car, fall off a ledge, bump your knee, have a stroke, get hit by lightening, fall in the tub, get shot during a bank robbery......


13 posted on 05/16/2011 10:35:49 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Red Badger

So if it comes out short, I can stop this foolish exercise, diet, and start smoking and drinking again.

And screw the credit card bills. Come get all that crap back from me.

Yahoo!


14 posted on 05/16/2011 10:36:59 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (How long before the Mall becomes Tahifir Sq?)
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To: Red Badger

I think the headline, properly written, would have been more along the lines of “...how long you COULD live.”
After all, your telomere count has is noting to do with you from getting hit by a train or catching pneumonia.


15 posted on 05/16/2011 10:37:31 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Red Badger

Does that figure into getting hit by a car :)


16 posted on 05/16/2011 10:37:38 AM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: Vermont Lt; Sacajaweau; Little Ray; UCANSEE2; oh8eleven; RnMomof7

Life is not a journey to the grave
With the intention of
Arriving safely in a pretty
And well preserved body,
But rather to skid in broadside,
Thoroughly used up,
Totally worn out,
And loudly proclaiming,

WOW !!!! What a ride!

Author unknown


17 posted on 05/16/2011 10:41:29 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Red Badger

Okay, well all the telomeres do say, is how “original” your blood cells are, or how many replications, or generations they are from the original embryonic cells you originated from at conception. Supposedly this tells how advanced your aging is. This test means nothing if you suddenly get a benign tumor detected, end up in a serious automobile accident, or other events that can occur aside from your natural aging.


18 posted on 05/16/2011 10:42:37 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: Red Badger

Down in Mexico, the marijuana dealers can tell by your blood how long you’ll live. When the blood quits pumping out of the top of your neck where your head used to be, you can pretty much be sure you’re dead. Marijuana use in the US has never hurt anyone.


19 posted on 05/16/2011 10:43:09 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Red Badger

I actually wouldn’t want to know. This is.morally wrong.


20 posted on 05/16/2011 10:43:21 AM PDT by goseminoles
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21 posted on 05/16/2011 10:43:43 AM PDT by RedMDer (restoration of our honor, dignity, and freedoms will save America. - Sarah Palin)
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To: Red Badger
It will tell you how long you will live if you are not murdered, run over by a car Etc..I want mine to be a surprise..And wouldn't this cause people to be a nervous wreck before the grim reaper visited you..No I have been near the valley of the shadow of death twice now so I can live not knowing when the end will come..
22 posted on 05/16/2011 10:46:55 AM PDT by PLD
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To: goseminoles

I don’t want to now either. Why spoil the surprise?


23 posted on 05/16/2011 10:48:20 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep
LOL!!!!

We could go on the "blue collar comedy tour" with this stuff!!

24 posted on 05/16/2011 10:48:46 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason
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To: Scotsman will be Free
Get life insurance asap, and make me the beneficiary.

Too late....I'm told I'm "uninsurable".

Guess I'm gonna have to wait for stain-ocare to kick in.

25 posted on 05/16/2011 10:50:35 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason
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To: Red Badger

What? This test knows if you are going to get run over by a bus?


26 posted on 05/16/2011 10:51:21 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: goseminoles
This is.morally wrong.

By what right? By what code? By what standard?

27 posted on 05/16/2011 10:52:22 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason
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To: Red Badger

I would rather be surprised.


28 posted on 05/16/2011 10:53:48 AM PDT by Gator113 ("GAME ON." I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: blueunicorn6

You’re right, definitely not if people could grow their own or buy it legally.


29 posted on 05/16/2011 10:58:51 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: r9etb
I see a whole new industry opening up: Telemere Therapy.

Wonder what weird, pricelessly rare substance they will grind up for the quack medicine? Rhino horns and Tiger testacles are obsolete now...

30 posted on 05/16/2011 10:59:36 AM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: Logic n' Reason

Darn!


31 posted on 05/16/2011 11:00:15 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: PLD; Gator113

“The Appointment in Samarra”
(as retold by W. Somerset Maugham [1933])

The speaker is Death

There was a merchant in Bagdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture, now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me. The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went. Then the merchant went down to the marketplace and he saw me standing in the crowd and he came to me and said, Why did you make a threating getsture to my servant when you saw him this morning? That was not a threatening gesture, I said, it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Bagdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.


32 posted on 05/16/2011 11:01:53 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Red Badger; shibumi

Am I the only one thinking of the Viking “Web of Wyrd” woven at your birth?

The skein of your life is measured, finite and predetermined.


33 posted on 05/16/2011 11:03:25 AM PDT by Salamander (I'm your pain.)
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To: blueunicorn6

The US users of Mexican derived drugs including marijuana may very well indeed have blood on their hands, or in their lungs, or up their noses. People have died so some US druggies can get their fixes...

And God will hold us accountable for it!


34 posted on 05/16/2011 11:04:54 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (Applied Christianity;a study in spiritual fiber optics connecting God's love to man!)
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To: Vermont Lt

My wife’s family had a friend like that...he raided his business for all the cash he could and lived a great life. Just as he was finally being forced to deal with the tax consequences, he died of a massive heart attack.


35 posted on 05/16/2011 11:15:39 AM PDT by Skip Ripley
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To: Skip Ripley

I want one of those tests before I file my next ITR.


36 posted on 05/16/2011 11:22:40 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Red Badger
Telomeres...teloshmeres...I already know all there is to know about my future.


37 posted on 05/16/2011 11:41:17 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Salamander

“Am I the only one thinking of the Viking Web of Wyrd?”

Um... yes, you are the only one thinking that. But now that you mentioned it, it is very interesting (as soon as I look it up). LOL


38 posted on 05/16/2011 12:14:48 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Red Badger; All

Robert Heinlein published a short story, “Life Line”, in 1939 in which such a ‘test’ was introduced by a Dr. Pinero.

Complications ensue ...

I believe it was his first ever published story.


39 posted on 05/16/2011 12:15:38 PM PDT by 21stCenturion ("It's the Judges, Stupid !")
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To: 21stCenturion

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life-Line


40 posted on 05/16/2011 12:26:50 PM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Red Badger
Coming soon, the government installed death panel indicator.

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41 posted on 05/16/2011 12:30:31 PM PDT by Tailback
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42 posted on 05/16/2011 12:32:04 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Tailback

Logan’s Run may become a reality................


43 posted on 05/16/2011 12:37:57 PM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Red Badger
The author of that quote would be Bill the Cat


44 posted on 05/16/2011 12:44:10 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Red Badger

The Russian writer Lermontov told a similar story.


45 posted on 05/16/2011 12:47:08 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: stuartcr

“If ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ were candy and nuts, what a merry Christmas we all would have.” They’re cutting people’s heads off in Mexico so they can sell marijuana in the US. There’s blood on those joints.


46 posted on 05/16/2011 2:34:43 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Red Badger
Thank you! I read it years ago and couldn't remember the name of the story. There was a particular part that has stuck with me through the years, but I couldn't remember the exact wording. Fortunately, it is excerpted on the link you supplied.

There has grown in the minds of certain groups in this country the idea that just because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with guaranteeing such a profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is supported by neither statute or common law. Neither corporations or individuals have the right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back.

Thank you again.

47 posted on 05/16/2011 3:22:24 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: Red Badger

LOL!!..wait until the Feds start “pro-rating” your SS “benefit” based on your telomere length!!


48 posted on 05/16/2011 3:29:36 PM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: blueunicorn6

In this case, ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’, could be candy and nuts...if it was legislated that way.

Then it would be a Merry Christmas...except for those that don’t want other people to have candy and nuts. For their own good, of course.


49 posted on 05/16/2011 5:17:29 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: mdmathis6; blueunicorn6
The US users of Mexican derived drugs including marijuana may very well indeed have blood on their hands, or in their lungs, or up their noses. People have died so some US druggies can get their fixes...

So, you think that God will be cross with those who choose to use/possess/grow a plant HE gave us will be in trouble, not the control freaks who try to deny its use to others?

Those people who have died because of the drug war aren't dead because of the plant, they're dead because folks like YOU think that the rights of the user are less than the rights of the drug warrior. The drug warriors created the entire mess of the cartels, and fail to recognize their complete and total guilt for trying to force THEIR choice on others by dint of government.

The last time prohibition was tried, we got the mafia, Al Capone, and the strengthening of organized crime. Now the mobsters are brown rather than white or Jewish, but the attitude of the drug-warrior side is exactly the same. Think Eliot Ness, but with ninja costumes and assault vehicles.

Yes, many die from internecine warfare of the cartels, but a LOT of the victims are killed by law enforcement agents in the good old U-S of A.

A perfect example of that is the former MARINE murdered in his own home by a SWAT team for the crime of living in a neighbourhood that some dealers once lived.

LINK

The very definition of insanity is doing the exact same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.

Trying to blame others for one's own attitudes and actions is called projection.

Yes, God will hold us ALL to account. I'm grateful I have been drenched in the blood of The Lamb.Something to keep in mind.

50 posted on 05/16/2011 5:29:17 PM PDT by Don W (You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze.)
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