skip to content

Race against the ageing clock

Saturday 16 March: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 17 March: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

The Guildhall, Market Square, CB2 3QJ

From the beginning of time, people have been interested in ageing and even more so, trying to stop it. Thanks to improvements in medical care, science, nutrition and sanitation, we can now expect to live well into our 80s. But, physiological and physical decline are still a natural part of the ageing process. What exactly is this ageing process? What causes it? Is it an accumulation of wear and tear, affecting each of our organs differently, or is there a single, underlying biological process?

Recent research has uncovered conserved markers of ageing across different cells in our body, defined as ‘the ageing clock’, which suggests a single ageing process. Research in mammals has shown that you can ‘read’ the clock by looking at a set of ‘epigenetic’ changes.

Being able to read this clock allows testing of diet, lifestyle and pharmaceutical interventions on the rate of ageing. The ability to measure the clock and understand the ageing process may allow us to change ageing rate or even ‘reset’ the clock, which has already been demonstrated in experiments where pluripotent stem cells are created from adult cells.

Find out more and get hands on with exciting epigenetic research with scientists from the Babraham Institute. With them, you can investigate the ageing processes – look at ageing worms, learn more about how various factors influence the ageing process, find out how researchers can turn-back the clock with stem cells and have a go at rewinding the ageing clock yourself!

More information about the exhibit is available here:

Booking Information

No need to book.


Full access

Additional Information

Age: All ages, Exhibition, Drop in, Free