BY LOWELL THOMAS

ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES


Genes determine nearly everything about a person, but a group of Canadian scientists believe they could tell us something most didn’t think could be pre-determined.

“The time you are most likely to die may actually be in your genes. Scientists at the University of Toronto found the same genotype that controlled people's wake-up patterns, also predicted time of death.”


According to the Daily Mail, a research team in Boston discovered the “gene variation by accident” while studying Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. The group caught on to a pattern from previous done by Rush University in Chicago. And what they discovered was...

“The time of day you are likely to die based on your sleep patterns. All of this determined through sleep patterns, these were U.S. researchers looking at 1200 65-year-olds.”

They found a nucleotide near a gene called “Period 1” that determined sleep patterns. People with double A genes tend to wake up an hour earlier than people with double G genes. Clifford Saper explained...

“Virtually all physiological processes have a circadian rhythm, meaning that they occur predominantly at certain parts of the day. There’s even a circadian rhythm of death, so that in the general population people tend on average to be most likely to die in the morning hours.”

Researchers predict a better understanding of these genes will help businesses schedule workers when they’ll be the most efficient, and help patients determine when they should have procedures or take medication.

“Researchers hope the finding could eventually be used to determine when heart or stroke patients could actually take their meds and when patients should be monitored more carefully.”

 

Researchers Find Gene That Can Predict Time of Death

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Nov 25, 2012

Researchers Find Gene That Can Predict Time of Death

BY LOWELL THOMAS

ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES


Genes determine nearly everything about a person, but a group of Canadian scientists believe they could tell us something most didn’t think could be pre-determined.

“The time you are most likely to die may actually be in your genes. Scientists at the University of Toronto found the same genotype that controlled people's wake-up patterns, also predicted time of death.”


According to the Daily Mail, a research team in Boston discovered the “gene variation by accident” while studying Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. The group caught on to a pattern from previous done by Rush University in Chicago. And what they discovered was...

“The time of day you are likely to die based on your sleep patterns. All of this determined through sleep patterns, these were U.S. researchers looking at 1200 65-year-olds.”

They found a nucleotide near a gene called “Period 1” that determined sleep patterns. People with double A genes tend to wake up an hour earlier than people with double G genes. Clifford Saper explained...

“Virtually all physiological processes have a circadian rhythm, meaning that they occur predominantly at certain parts of the day. There’s even a circadian rhythm of death, so that in the general population people tend on average to be most likely to die in the morning hours.”

Researchers predict a better understanding of these genes will help businesses schedule workers when they’ll be the most efficient, and help patients determine when they should have procedures or take medication.

“Researchers hope the finding could eventually be used to determine when heart or stroke patients could actually take their meds and when patients should be monitored more carefully.”

 

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