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Mon., Oct. 21, 2013, 10:33 p.m.

Tick tock

A mother and baby sketch is by artist Valerie Woelk.
A mother and baby sketch is by artist Valerie Woelk.

Scientists at UCLA have discovered a new “biological clock” that measures the age of human tissue. If future testing proves the research valid, the work has strong implications for anti-aging-research. Note: the goal is not to seek a fountain of youth, but to assist with diagnosing and treating disease.

Interesting findings include: women’s breast tissue ages faster than the rest of the body; cancerous tissue is on average 36 years older than other tissue.

(S-R: A mother and baby sketch by artist Valerie Woelk)

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