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«Small-molecule stimulators of telomerase»[]

Authors: W.H. Andrews

Although our life expectancy has increased tremendously over the last century, there is still a 125-year theoretical limit on our lifespan, and no medical therapy available today has been able to break through this barrier. There is a clock that ticks inside every dividing cell of our bodies. This clock is found at the tips of our chromosomes, in a region of the chromosome called the telomere. When human cells divide, telomeres shorten, and the length of the telomeres correlates with the age of these cells.

Keywords: telomerase activation, telomeres, telomere shortening

See: Geroconversion; Gerology; Gerotherapeutics