The Telomeres and Telomerase Group at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), in collaboration with the Centre’s Transgenic Mice Core Unit, has succeeded in creating mice in the laboratory with hyper-long telomeres and with reduced molecular ageing, avoiding the use of what to date has been the standard method: genetic manipulation.
They have been dubbed the “fountain of youth”. Now scientists have shown that telomeres are also staging grounds for the deadliest skin cancers.
“This is the first study to demonstrate that surgical weight loss leads to decreased aging by increasing telomere length,” said lead author John M. Morton, MD, MPH, director of bariatric surgery, Stanford University in Stanford, Calif.
In a small study of men with early-stage prostate cancer, a program of rigorous diet and lifestyle change designed by prevention and wellness advocate increased telomere length, a finding the researcher says may indicate that people have more influence over the aging process than once thought.