A new study has found that genes linked to the biological clock are activated later in life or during extremely stressful times and may help in the fight against cancer and degenerative neurological diseases.
The study, conducted by researchers at Oregon State University, found that a subset of genes known as “Late-life cyclers,” or LLCs, are part of a unique stress response system, previously unknown to science.
The work, published in the journal Nature Communications, used fruit flies to examine the activity of at least 25 LLCs, which become increasingly rhythmic as the body ages.
These findings are another example of the importance of maintaining the status quo of the biological clock, also known as the circadian rhythm, according to scientists.
This rhythm is synchronized by the light/dark cycle of the 24-hour day and is said to be so important to maintaining life that the genes…