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by Erika Edwards
“Anyone who has attended a class reunion has seen firsthand that people age in different ways. Some former classmates appear to have aged a century within just a few decades, while others look just as they did fresh from 11th grade English class.
“Now, a study published Monday in Nature Medicine takes a deeper look at what’s going on at a molecular level, offering a possible explanation for why we age differently, and raising the tantalizing possibility that we could one day have an impact on our personal aging process through targeted medication or lifestyle changes.
“Still, the research — on what a group of Stanford University scientists are calling ‘ageotypes’ — is still in its infancy. But outside experts heralded the study as an important step toward learning more about aging.”