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Biological Clocks – A New Aspect
Authored by: Sean  

Doris Lessing, a fabulously famous British novelist, said, that old people share a great secret and that is “you really haven’t changed in 70 or 80 years.” Oh how I wish this was physically true as well! I agree completely with the fact that “age is a state of mind” but somehow, sometimes, my body kind of creaks and groans at times and tells me that my bones and muscles are not keeping up with my state of mind! So, what is it about ageing that occupies so much of time and space in our lives? Take the simple fact that the global market for anti ageing products and services was worth $249.3 billion in the year 2012. It will be worth $345.8 billion in the year 2018. This is according to the BCC Research Report. Why this obsession with looking young when we know that our battle with gravity is doomed to failure? Not that I want to sound all gloomy and dreary about what is a natural process. A lot of my friends talk about hearing their biological clocks ticking. And I wonder how that works?

Is one supposed to hear the sweep of the hands of time in their ears? Yes, wrinkles, laugh lines and less-than-firm skin and muscles do indicate the age of a person. But then I also came across this work done by Steve Horvath. Horvath is a bioinformatician (now that’s a huge mouthful) with UCLA. His work focuses on something known as the chemical clock or DNA methylation. The process monitors ageing as per an individual’s body tissues. It has resulted in some extremely remarkably accurate findings. The methylation clock or epigenetic clock as it is being called can go a long way in helping scientists study the human ageing process and even develop treatment methodologies that can help deal with or even reset the biological clock.

Is not it interesting to note how the human race deals with time in many forms? Some of them can be downright scary like the death clock. Imagine being able to get the answer to the question, “when am I going to kick the bucket?” on the Internet. Not all clocks tell time. The world population clock talks about births, deaths per day and for this year. It gives you the break up of populations in the 20 largest countries of the world. It gave me a slight anxiety attack to see our world expanding every second – http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/

There are so many things that clocks can measure. Athletic performance, man-machine interface and efficiency are just some of them. While the biological clock can never be denied or halted, I wonder what’s next on the horizon? A clock that measures spirituality? Till then, I shall listen to the chemical and biological agents in my body living it up!

 

Image Source – https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ad/Astronomical_Clock,_Prague.jpg

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