Researchers Discover Off Switch for Ageing Cells

Researchers Discover Off Switch for Ageing Cells

Posted by: on Oct 3, 2014 | No Comments

Researchers have discovered a switch that helps control the growth of telomeres. Flipping the switch could turn off aging cells and encourage healthy ones to keep generating later in life.

Telomerase enzyme mapping may help fight cancer

Telomerase enzyme mapping may help fight cancer

Posted by: on Mar 28, 2013 | No Comments

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have for the first time mapped out the enzyme Telomerase and say the mapping of telomerase may help in the fight against cancer.

Study finds injectable telomerase virus increases lifespan of mice

Study finds injectable telomerase virus increases lifespan of mice

Posted by: on Aug 3, 2012 | No Comments

A recent study conducted at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre has found that a gene therapy is able to increase the length of telomeres in mice, thereby increasing their lifespan by up to 24 percent.

Rapidly aging stem cells respond to antioxidant treatment

Rapidly aging stem cells respond to antioxidant treatment

Posted by: on Feb 3, 2012 | No Comments

The Division of Hematology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found that when mutant stem cells which are damaged and aging are treated with the antioxidant N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), it prevents and delays the onset of a type of bone marrow failure called X-linked dyskeratosis congenita (DC).

Study Shows Intensive Meditation Boosts Well-Being, and Telomerase Activity!

Study Shows Intensive Meditation Boosts Well-Being, and Telomerase Activity!

Posted by: on Nov 8, 2011 | No Comments

A March 2011 study conducted by Elissa Epel, PhD and Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, among others, sought to discover the ways in which stress affects the human body. Specifically, Epel (UCSF) and Blackburn (UCSF) aimed to use previously studied biomarkers to determine how psychological stress and, conversely, psychological well-being, impact human lifespan, healthspan, and susceptibility to chronic illness. The human telomere was used as the biomarker, along with the enzyme that maintains and replenishes telomere lengths, telomerase.

The study is prefaced with the following: “The length of telomeres offers insight into mitotic cell and possibly organismal longevity. Telomere length has now been linked to chronic stress exposure and depression. This raises the question of how might cellular aging be modulated by psychological functioning.”

Seizing on this question, researchers at UC Davis conducted a study to find out how meditation impacts telomeres, and therefore how meditation and increased mindfulness influences human healthspan.