So in the next six months it seems if you have £440 to spare you can get a fairly definitive answer to the question we all ask on occasion - barring being involved in an accident - how long will I live?
A new chromosome test will help you to understand how quickly you are aging and how many years you have left.
It has been created by a Spanish firm and uses a blood test to determine how long your telomeres are.
It seems a telomere is an area of repetitive DNA sequence at the end of a chromosome. It prevents the tip of the chromosome from deterioration and fusing with other chromosomes, therefore the longer your telomere is the longer it is before the end of the chromosome starts to break down.
Life Length, which have come up with test believe it can tell you to a fairly high degree of accuracy just how long you have left.
Inventor, Maria Blasco, head of telomeres research at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, has told the medical media:
"Knowing whether our telomeres are a normal length or not for a given chronological age will give us an indication of our health status and of our physiological 'age' even before diseases appear."
When it becomes available it seems you will trot off to the GP who will then send off the blood sample with the results back in a week. However there is also a 24 hour turnaround service - a bit like the stories of the palm reader telling the man not to open the envelope until you get home I suppose!!!
However there are those geneticists who while agreeing that telomere length is linked to the age of the person, add a person with really short telomeres is not necessarily close to death.
The makers say the aim of the test is to identify potential weaknesses early and encourage a healthy life. The flip side is if you are told you've got five years to live will you sell up and spend those five years travelling the world drinking and eating only to find that six years later you are still around with no home, no money and no job?
In Greek mythology Cyclopes had a single eye but were cursed with having the ability to foresee their own death. Now as keen as I am on medical science which enables me to shield my body from excessive wear and nutritional supplements which can add to the body's ability to regenerate cellular degrading I am still uneasy to be given a fairly precise "death by" date.
Maybe I'll keep my telomeres to myself.