Biological clock

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Biological clock may refer to:

  • Age and female fertility, decrease of female fertility with advancing maternal age
  • Ageing, biological program that limits the lifespan of an individual
  • Biological rhythms
  • Circadian clock, a molecular mechanism that results in a circadian rhythm in a living organism
  • Circadian rhythm, biological process that displays an oscillation about 24 hours, such as the human sleep-wake cycle (the "body clock")
  • Epigenetic clock, a set of DNA sites whose methylation levels can be used to measure aging throughout the body
  • Molecular clock, a technique that uses the mutation rate of a biomolecule to deduce the time in prehistory when two life forms diverged
  • Vernalisation, the induction of flowering by prolonged exposure to low temperatures, as during the winter in a temperate climate
  • Menstrual cycle, the regular natural change that occurs in the female reproductive system that makes pregnancy possible