Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Biology of aging: telomeres predict your age

Fascinating: FuturePundit: Telomeres Wear Down Quicker In Men Than Women. It will be interesting to apply these techniques to different breeds of dog (age at different rates) and to identify slow aging humans. It will also be interesting to study middle-aged animals over a period of 1-2 years. I think we'll find that telomere erosion occurs in "bursts" rather than as a continuous process. The old saw about "he aged 10 years in a night" will turn out to be somewhat true. Then we'll study the mechanism of "aging bursts" and identify interventions.

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