“I’m young. I am joy. I am free! ”
Peter Pan’s response to Hook in the classic “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up” proclaims youth as a key identity mark. In less than ten words, JM Barrie equates youth with joy and freedom. And we can see this obsession with young people everywhere. Our books, TV shows, and interviews are full of concerns about aging and ways of living youth in its entirety.
This long-term expectation is nothing innovative or unnatural to humans, but it seems that the longer we live, the more we become confused with young people. Countries that are aging are looking for solutions to prevent aging, but there is something new in their approach to the problems of aging: the advancement of technology related to genetics.
We are no longer looking for mystical sources of youth
The epigenetic clock that is being developed in the last decade to decode old age. These watches evaluate your body’s biomarkers to identify your chronological and biological age. The biological age is different from your chronological age; Instead of revealing the number of years you have survived, it deals with how many years you spend. The latter can be caused by environmental factors such as diet, exercise, stress, smoking and drinking, and causes people to age physiologically at different rates.
Just five miles from the place where JM Barrie first wrote Peter Pan, researchers are working on ways to make it last, similar to a fictional character. The UCL Cancer Institute supports many medical genomics projects, such as the IDEAL consortium, which conducts integrated research on the determinants of aging and duration with a focus on epigenetics. The institute works on many genomic and epigenomic projects to identify biomarkers that help prevent cancer and advance cancer therapy and personalized medicines. Although most people do not immediately associate cancer with aging, the older they get, the more common most cancers are. A 2019 study, “Epigenetic Aging: More Than a Clock on Cancer,” recognizes that aging is one of the most significant risk factors for cancer. Aging causes changes in the level of molecular and cellular tissue, both as a nature pathway and in our environment. The study continues to examine the potential use of epigenetic clocks and the predicted risk of cancer.
There is still room to explore how epigenetic markers and clocks can help reduce cancer and other risks by promoting steps toward healthy aging. Many sustainable businesses have taken the vision of healthy aging as their mission. Altos Labs, Juvenescence, Insilico Medicine, AgeX Therapeutics, Unity Biotechnology and Deep Longevity are just some of the leading companies in endurance technology. Deep Longevity, the US provider of artificial intelligence (AI) systems for monitoring the rate of aging, announced in July 2021 that its epigenetic clock (originally designed for blood samples) was now capable of using saliva samples. The development of the DeepMAge watch for saliva use offers many advantages, from a less intrusive and painful procedure for customers to potential cost-effectiveness. This is an example of the ever-increasing technology of consumerism.
However, despite these developments, epigenetic clocks and similar enduring technologies remain expensive. It’s a billionaire space where people like PayPal’s Peter Thiel and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos invest in sustainable businesses. The interest of billionaires in anti-aging technology is not surprising, but it will be a growing market for everyone. As the population ages, companies need to focus on making their sustainable technology available and avoid moves that will deepen our existing socioeconomic disruptions or jeopardize patients ’health care if they worsen access to patients’ health.