According to researchers at Northwestern University, artificial intelligence (AI) was used to analyze tissue data, resulting in the discovery that the length of genes can explain most molecular-level changes during aging.
As published in Nature Aging, researchers suggested that the imbalance of genes may cause aging due to the function of cells and organisms of maintaining balance.
“There already seems to be something happening early in life, but it becomes more pronounced with age,” said one co-author of the study in a news release.
“It seems that, at a young age, our cells are able to counter perturbations that would lead to an imbalance in gene activity. Then, suddenly, our cells are no longer able to counter it.”
“Fevers can occur for many, many reasons. It could be caused by an infection, which requires antibiotics to cure, or caused by appendicitis, which requires surgery. Here, it’s the same thing. The issue is the gene activity imbalance. If you can help correct the imbalance, then you can address the downstream consequences.”