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- Although this research is preliminary, the possible implications are far-reaching. For example, the tool has already shown that a woman’s breast tissue ages more quickly than the rest of her body, which may explain why breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women.
Accurate measures of biological age (biological aging clocks) could be useful in many ways, such as predicting/prognosticating the onset of various diseases, diagnosing various age related diseases and for defining cancer subtypes, and forensic applications, for example to estimate the age of a suspect based on blood left on a crime scence.
* Portions of this story excerpted from UCLA scientist uncovers biological clock able to measure age of most human tissues, by Elaine Schmidt.