Accurately Telling the Age of Human Tissues and Cells by DNA Methylation Clock

External signs of the human body’s age can be given by wrinkles and graying hair. However, these signs may not be accurate to tell the age of human tissues and cells that construct your body. Geneticist and biomathematician Steve Horvath at the University of California Los Angeles has developed a multi-tissue predictor of age that enables … Continue reading Accurately Telling the Age of Human Tissues and Cells by DNA Methylation Clock

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Short-Term Sleep Loss Alters DNA Methylation of Clock Genes

Sleep is crucial to our well-being and helps in the process of learning and memory formation. Without proper sleep we can feel moody, irritable, and have difficulty solving problems. We can even be less creative when we don’t get enough sleep. Now, research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism is showing us that just … Continue reading Short-Term Sleep Loss Alters DNA Methylation of Clock Genes

Certain Ethnic Groups May Epigenetically Age Slower

Scientists have been curious about whether race or ethnicity directly impact molecular markers of aging. Could people of certain race be more likely to age faster or slower? A group of researchers from UCLA conducted a study that was the first of its kind, demonstrating that Latinos actually age more slowly than other ethnic groups. … Continue reading Certain Ethnic Groups May Epigenetically Age Slower

Menopause and Insomnia Might Epigenetically Speed Up Aging

For years, scientists have disagreed on whether menopause causes aging or aging leads to menopause, giving rise to a “which came first” debate. New epigenetic research may help settle this long-standing disagreement, offering evidence that menopause might actually make a woman age faster. Two recent UCLA studies show that menopause and its common side effect … Continue reading Menopause and Insomnia Might Epigenetically Speed Up Aging