Biological research on cellular longevity reached a cornerstone in 2009 when Elizabeth BlackBurn, Carol Greider, and Jack Szostak all won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering that telomeres, protective DNA caps at the ends of chromosomes, govern the lifespan of cells. The length of telomeres in turn are protected and augmented by an enzyme called telomerase.
Conducted by Brian Duggan June 6, 2011 in New York City
Brian Duggan: Can you tell me about your original interest in healthy aging and Telomere Science?
Noel Patton: I started to notice the inflictions of old age setting in, such as a stiff knee and whatever, so I got interested in anti-aging medicine at that time, that’s 15 years ago, for myself. At that time, anti-aging medicine was pretty primitive and had very few legitimate people in it.