Eerie Discovery: Gene Predicts What Time We'll Die
Scientists accidentally stumble on finding
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2012 7:02 AM CST
Updated Nov 24, 2012 9:00 AM CST
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(Newser) – Scientists have made a discovery that, at first glance, seems pretty creepy: a gene variant that predicts the time of day we're most likely to die. Researchers looked at the sleeping patterns of 65-year-olds, and found that those with the more common variant of a single nucleotide near the "Period 1" gene tended to wake up earlier than those with the less common variant. The early-risers also tended to die, on average, just before 11am, while the late-risers tended to die just before 6pm, the Daily Mail reports.

Researchers hope the findings, which were an accidental byproduct of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's research, will help to determine when patients should be monitored most closely and when they should take medication. "The internal 'biological clock' regulates many aspects of human biology and behavior," says the lead author of the study. "It also influences the timing of acute medical events like stroke and heart attack."

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myflap.blow
Nov 24, 2012 8:12 PM CST
i hope i die at 5:20
Cat-Lover
Nov 24, 2012 8:02 PM CST
Define "Early Riser" and "Late Riser."
Scott60561
Nov 24, 2012 7:11 PM CST
ok. So, hypothetically, i get my genes mapped and find out im going to die before 11AM. So a treatment something is changed to make it so i dont die in that time frame. And that helps how?