Development of an epigenetic watch that reveals how fast aging can be

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Last update: 29 – October – 2020 2:02 PM

A group of scientists at the University of Exeter in England developed an epigenetic clock that helps study the acceleration of aging in the brain, and the extent to which this is related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia diseases. This study was published in the journal “Brain” and was funded by Alzheimer’s Association.

According to the British newspaper “Evening Express”, the epigenetic clock is similar to the daily body clock that regulates the hours of sleep and wakefulness, but this epigenetic clock demonstrates how quickly people age, and their risk of developing aging diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The scientists said that the development of this watch came as a result of the use of samples from human brain tissue, and this method is considered the most accurate of what was used in the past from blood samples and other types of tissues.

Jonathan Mill, in charge of the research team, added that the field of research and studies in epigenetic clocks is interesting; Because it helps scientists work out the mechanisms of the aging process in the human brain, and he continued that using the donated version; It helps them study more factors that accelerate the aging of the body, and its vulnerability to dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The researchers confirm that this epigenetic watch helps them study the indicators of aging, and determines the differences between the chronological and biological ages, in the case of the body’s health and disease.

And Gemma Sherribi, one of the scientists involved, confirmed that the new epigenetic clock that they have found, effectively helps them to predict the biological age in the human brain.

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