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Death genes discovered by scientists

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Nearly 200,000 Britons are unknowingly carrying genes which could knock nearly four years off their lifespan.

Scientists at Edinburgh University made the connection after looking at the DNA of more than 150,000 people to see whether specific mutations correlated to when their parents died.

They found that people with mutations on either their APOE or CHRNA genes (more than two thirds of the population) die up to 12 months sooner . But people with both mutations will see nearly four years knocked off their lifespans.