Re: Life Expectancy

Scott Badger (
Sat, 12 Jun 1999 14:28:54 -0500

> Scott, it would be interesting to compare the results of the LE
> calculator with the longevity quotient I suggested a couple
> weeks ago (during the hottest phase of the g*n battle).
> One's l.q. is the average of your parents' l.q. One's l.q. is
> one's age at death, assuming natural causes, otherwise one's
> l.q. stays the average of the parents'. If one (or one's parent)
> is older than the parent's average l.q, use the larger number.
> With just those 3 rules alone, one should be able to calculate
> his or her l.q. Does something like this already exist?
> How is it calculated? If one wished to identify a good
> candidate for DNA selection to optimize long life, how
> else would one do so? spike
> > Scott Badger wrote: Therefore, they will have longer
> > life expectancies on the average than the rest of the population (not
> > sure of what that is). ... My LE = 86.39

Seems reasonable enough, but I would suggest identifying individuals with pendulously long telomeres (see. size does matter!)

Pity I can't help you on calculating my L.Q. I was adopted.