Measure biological aging of humans: A quest
Research progress is not linear. The periods of incremental progress are interrupted by \”eureka moments\” when a breakthrough discovery opens up new possibilities, advancing research and knowledge. These moments include Galileo using the telescope to study the stars, Kary Mullis’ description of polymerase-chain reaction and Edwin Hubble demonstrating that the universe was expanding. One of these magical moments is currently taking place in the field of aging. Understanding the molecular basis of aging requires a reference metric. The definition and validation of this metric for humans will open the door to new medicine, which will go beyond the limitations of the current disease definitions and bring life-course prevention measures into the forefront of the conversation.