CSIRO

Reporter: Laticia Gibson

Stalling and winding back the hands of time, have long been money spinners for pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies. Now there's a new trick to add to the list -- predicting our future, from determining potential diseases to repairing damaged DNA, it's the "crystal ball" of science.

CSIRO says their world-first DNA test will help combat some of the biggest degenerative diseases and it's as simple as going to your local GP.The test works by assessing your DNA which ages and wears-down, and by doing this, the affects may be stalled and to some extent reversed. Damage control comes down to nine magical nutrients that are known to affect DNA damage. These include B-Group vitamins like B2, Niacin and Folate; Vitamin A's, retinol and beta-carotine; and Vitamin E.

NUTRIENTS THAT AFFECT DNA DAMAGE:

B-Group vitamins:

Riboflavin, (B2)

Niacin (B3)

Pantothenate (B5)

Biotin (B7)

Folate (B9)

Cobalamin (B12)

Vitamin A groups:

Retinol and beta-carotene

And Vitamin E

While these vitamins exist in nature, the most direct and effective way is through supplements. But for the 3,000 plus Aussies -- already over 100 years of age -- the secrets to long life goes beyond a prick of a needle. Or so they say. 104 year old Bill Wills credits the science of good genes but also his zest for life. "I mean they call me the joker here because I'm always bright and they can see I enjoy myself - I've enjoyed my life", Bill said.

He attributes much of his enjoyment, to his wife and his second passion -- his wooden cruiser. The maintenance alone keeping him fit. "Because it deteriorates, I had to do the varnishing every six to eight months, so that kept me pretty busy" Bill added. But for those who would rather trust science than their parents, discovering your fate, comes with a price tag of $650.

Oh, and one last tip for those beer lovers who want to follow in Bill's foot steps. You might wish to reconsider your drink of preference. "Today I have one drink a day only and that this is Brandy and dry ginger ale" says Bill.

For more information, contact Reach 100 on http://www.reach100.com.au/ or (08) 8211 8033 and they can arrange for you to have the test in your state.

They're hoping to have the test available through GPs in 6 to 12 months.