The team of researchers from the Edinburgh University’s Usher Institute acquired the genetic data from more than a million people alongside the records of their parents’ lifespan.
they noted the 12 areas of the human genome were pinpointed as having a significant impact on lifespan, including five sites that have not been reported before. The team analyzed the combined effect of genetic variations that influence lifespan to produce a scoring system.
The study published in the journal eLife shows that the people who score in the top ten percent of the population might expect an additional five years,more than those who score below ten percent.
If we take 100 people at birth, or later, and use our lifespan score to divide them into ten groups, the top group will live five years longer than the bottom on average,” said Dr Peter Joshi, an AXA Fellow at the Usher Institute.