A drop of blood can estimate your age

Scientists at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam found a reliable method, to estimate the age of an unknown person by using a drop of blood.

The discovery may be utilized to identify criminals or disaster victims, according to the Erasmus MC.

The researchers found that over the years a certain DNA molecule can be found less often in the blood. On that basis, they have developed a simple yet effective test to determine the age of a persons blood trail.
Scientists are working to refine the test so that it is even more accurate, said forensic molecular biology Professor Manfred Keyser.

The research was partly funded by the Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI) and the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The results are published in the journal Current Biology.

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