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Researchers identify gene that may predict what time of day people die

A large team led by researchers at Boston hospitals recently reported a surprising result: a common variation in a gene was associated with being an early bird, and with the time of day people died.

Given how many things affect when we wake up — not to mention all the experiences accumulated over a lifetime that contribute to how and when we die — it seems a little crazy that a single gene could be meaningfully linked to those complicated traits.

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