Human Exceptionalism

Here Comes the “Death Test!”

Scientists think they may have devised a test that will tell us the chances we will die in five years–even if healthy. From the Telegraph story:

A ‘Death Test’ which predicts the chance of a healthy person dying from any medical condition in the next five years has been developed by scientists. Researchers said they were ‘astonished’ to discover that a simple blood test could predict if a person was likely to die – even if they were not ill.

They found that the levels of four ‘biomarkers’ in the body, when taken together, indicated a general level of ‘frailty’. People whose biomarkers were out of kilter were five times more likely to die with five years of the blood test.

Can you imagine the assisted suicide advocates with this information? “Why wait? Get your death pills now!”

Or the Obamacare health care rationers? “Why waste resources on you when you’re going to be dead in a few years anyway?”

The mind boggles.

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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