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Centenarian genetics study retracted

Researchers from Boston University today issued a retraction notice for a controversial paper published last year that purportedly described a predictive test for living to and beyond 100 years. The July 2010 study identified 150 single nucleotide polymorphisms that clustered into three subgroups. On the basis of these genetic factors, the study authors claimed that they could predict an individual’s likelihood of exceedingly long life with 77% accuracy. 

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