Author demystifies genetic lifespan


The puzzle of life remains one of the most difficult teasers to people and, perhaps, the toughest part is to know how much of this life one has before their death.

But author Dr Isyu Mwakasungula seems to have discovered the way out of such a predicament through his newly launched book The Immaculate Theory of Longevity.

The theory, Mwakasungula claims, is a basic biological calculation which is able to arrive at the genetic lifespan potential of all species that reproduce. This is done by way of fertilisation of an ovum,


“This is possible as long as the age of the biological parents at conception is known. Without going into the technicalities of it all, it is important to note that the genetic lifespan potential is directly proportional to parental age sum at conception,” Mwakasungula hinted.

The 62-year-old medical doctor said the idea was hatched in the 1960s while he was residing in Australia.

But it took over 30 years for him to sit down and start writing the book in 1994.


“I had spent some time unemployed after completing my post-graduate studies. This triggered a fear inside me, as a young professional, [bordering] on how much more time I was left with to live, [in case I still could not secure employment]. Then ideas started flowing in during the night and I would wake up and jot them down,” he narrated.

According to the author, The Immaculate Theory of Longevity opens the horizon of deep treasures of thought which, if read and understood, may help Malawians learn how to number their days and chart the course of their lives.

Modelled on two bible characters, Abraham and Sarah, the theory also attempts to explain the problem of teenage pregnancies which, he said, has paved the way for a fast maturing yet short-lived generation. He describes the situation as “counterproductive” to the country’s development goals.

The first launch of the project that has taken 23 years took place in Mzuzu over the weekend. Similar events will follow in Lilongwe and Blantyre on dates to be announced

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