Scientists have discovered a simple blood test technique which can help to predict how long people will live. They believe blood sample analysis can be used to forecast vulnerability to life-threatening illnesses and expected mortality. The researchers base their claims on a study of genetic traits or “biomarkers” in a blood sample. By analysing the biomarkers

of nearly 5,000 adults, they were able to link a person’s biomarker patterns or “signatures” to healthy or unhealthy ageing. Certain patterns were associated with different probabilities of life-threatening diseases like cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The team from Boston University in the US say their findings could help save the lives of those more likely to fall ill. READ MORE