Is life expectancy in our genes?


Scientists at the University of Glasgow say they have found a key genetic indicator of how long an individual will live.

They say the lengths of telomeres, pieces of DNA, could indicate whether a young bird is likely to live to a ripe old age.

The discovery could eventually help predict human longevity.

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.