One of the challenges we encountered as we set out to document the best thinking and new breakthroughs relating to telomere science is that it’s controversial.
There are a number of leading thinkers and scientists in the field or writing about it, but they describe their goals in radically different, and sometimes diametrically opposed terms, including:
Increasing one’s health span
This divergence in approach results in a field that is spread all across the spectrum from the credible to the incredible.
We at agemarker.com are committed to being squarely on the credible side of the equation in what we report. At the same time we are happy to learn from any and all of the players who are exploring where this new scientific frontier is leading.
With that in mind we want to acknowledge a particular debt to The Immortality Edge, by Michael Fossel, Greta Blackburn and Dave Wanarowski. While I consider the title to be unfortunate and sensationalistic, I think they have made an important contribution to bringing the field to a wider audience. In particular, their pointers on how to turn these discoveries into practical methods for lengthening ones telomeres and increasing the healthy years’ of one’s life are invaluable, and have certainly enriched my life already. More about that in a future post, but for now, if you are truly interested in this space, I highly recommend their book as an ideal starting point for diving in.