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Determining Biological Age

Scientists believe that random damage that occurs within cells and among extracellular molecules are responsible for many of the age-related changes that are observed in organisms.72,73,74 In addition, for organisms that reproduce sexually, including humans, each individual is genetically unique. As such, the rate of aging also varies from individual to individual.75 Despite intensive study, scientists have not been able to discover reliable measures of the processes that contribute to aging.76 For these reasons, any claim that a person¿s biological or "real age"77 can currently be measured, let alone modified, by any means must be regarded as entertainment, not science.



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