Scientists developing blood test that predicts when person will die

August 21, 2019  14:12

Scientists from Germany are developing a blood test that can predict the likelihood of a person dying in the coming years with an accuracy of 83%, Nature Communications reported referring to scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Biology of Ageing.

Scientists identified 14 biomarkers in the blood, which apparently affect the risk of death. They are associated in particular with the functioning of the immune system, glucose control, the development of inflammatory processes, and so on. Experiments with volunteers have confirmed that these biomarkers with an accuracy of 83% can predict human death within 2-16 years.

Scientists hope that their development will find application in medicine to assess the health status of elderly patients who have surgery. Meanwhile, to implement an innovative blood test, more extensive clinical trials are needed.

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