Critics point to flaws in longevity study

Questions have focused on the analytic platform used to find about 150 genetic variations linked to longevity

By Tina Hesman Saey, 09:34 AM July 10, 2010

Just like the fountain of youth, a study that purported to find genetic secrets to longevity may be a myth, critics say.

Researchers led by Thomas Perls and Paola Sebastiani from Boston University reported July 1 in an online publication in Science that they had identified 150 genetic markers that distinguish centenarians from people with average life spans with 77 percent accuracy.

Almost immediately the study came under fire because of a technical flaw. Most of the controversy stems from...

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