Genetic Finding May Produce a Test for a Longevity

Scientists from Boston University identified genetics that predict extreme longevity. Only limited genes are needed to attain great age. 150 genetic variants were associated with extreme longevity. The team analyzed the genomes of over 1000 centenarians. More than 75% had many of the 150 genetic variants identified. These genes could protect against the diseases of old age, a more powerful strategy than tackling each disease one by one.