Archive for July, 2010

Genetic Signatures and Exceptional Longevity

So I was curious to see that there was a lot of buzz today about research that was conducted to find genetic signatures in a large scale study of individuals who lived longer than 100 years.  If you want to the see the popular press articles on this study, then click here

Basically, researchers were able to build a genetic model that included 150 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) could predict exceptional longevity with 77% accuracy.  Awesome.

The thing is, and this is often the case with the popular press, it’s isn’t clear where to find the original study, and if you searched Science (the traditional journal), you wouldn’t be able to find it.  So, here’s a link to the actual study which was published online only (at the moment) by Science

Actually, the study was published under the Science Express umbrella which is the online version of Science where they post selected articles in advance of the print publication. 

Excellent for quick reporting…  A bear for actually finding the article, especially if there is no good citation to it from other outlets (that is, the popular press that I mentioned before).  Popular press…do a better job citing your sources.  I’ll get off my soapbox now. 

Enjoy the article!

July 1, 2010 at 8:08 pm Leave a comment


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