Medical research is so memorizing. I love my job and the relationships it builds with others, but I envy the skills and discoveries that researchers unveil. A team of researchers from King’s College London, along with Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have actually identified the ‘aging’ genes. The group of genes that can switch on and off aging are called epigenetic factors. These epigenetic changes could be used as markers of biological aging and are being suggested as a key consideration for future anti-aging therapies.
One of the researchers and co-leader of the team, Dr. Jordana Bell explains that this discovery is a result of studying 172 twins. After they revealed that there are 490 age related epigenetic changes, 4 genes that correlate to a healthier aging process were identified. “These results can help understand the biological mechanisms underlying healthy aging and age-related disease, and future work will explore how environmental effects can affect these epigenetic changes,” says Dr. Bell