Review on Biological Age (2022)
Outstanding review (published 22 June 2022). A must-read if you are interested to understand the various methodologies and interpretations:
Rutledge, J., Oh, H. & Wyss-Coray, T. Measuring biological age using omics data. Nat Rev Genet (2022).
Age is the key risk factor for diseases and disabilities of the elderly. Efforts to tackle age-related diseases and increase healthspan have suggested targeting the ageing process itself to ‘rejuvenate’ physiological functioning. However, achieving this aim requires measures of biological age and rates of ageing at the molecular level. Spurred by recent advances in high-throughput omics technologies, a new generation of tools to measure biological ageing now enables the quantitative characterization of ageing at molecular resolution. Epigenomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic data can be harnessed with machine learning to build ‘ageing clocks’ with demonstrated capacity to identify new biomarkers of biological ageing.