Aging is the most subtle phenomenon of nature that permeates humanity across the globe. As the years pass by, humans give an odd look of wearing. Their skins go pale and strange wrinkles appear on their face and hands. This reflects aging, a process which has amazed scientists for years. A new has revealed the gene linked to aging. It has provided a clue and may have unlocked a world full of amazement. Genetic experts may use this landmark study to reverse the aging process in the future.
Manfred Kayser, a gene sequencing expert and forensic biologist at Erasmus University Rotterdam, carried out a research along with some other experts and found out that European white people have a gene called MC1R which makes them look approximately two years older than their actual age. This is the gene which is responsible for pale skin and spots near the eyes, which give the look of oldness to people.
The research team hunted for the gene responsible for aging in 8 million single nucleotide polymorphisms in 2,693 people. The crux of the study shows that the judgement we make regarding the age of a person by looking at him or her is based on the changes in the subject’s body because of the genes. There are other factors apart from genetic metrics in the aging process too, for example, exposure to sun, skin color, health, sex and demographics.
Scientists think that this study is a great new step towards unraveling the mystery behind the aging process. Who knows one day scientists might be able to re-sequence the aging gene to reverse the aging process.