Team finds that telomere length can have a direct correlation to heart failure in humans

Team finds that telomere length can have a direct correlation to heart failure in humans

Posted by: on Sep 7, 2017 | No Comments

Each cell in the average human body contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, with four telomeres on each pair. While there is a length range for classifying a healthy telomere, researchers found, for the first time ever, that people with heart failure have shorter telomeres within the cells that make up the heart muscle (known as cardiomyocytes).

Scientists create mice with hyper-long telomeres without altering the genes

Scientists create mice with hyper-long telomeres without altering the genes

Posted by: on Jun 2, 2016 | No Comments

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.

The melanoma killers lurking in the ‘fountain of youth’

The melanoma killers lurking in the ‘fountain of youth’

Posted by: on Aug 13, 2015 | No Comments

They have been dubbed the “fountain of youth”. Now scientists have shown that telomeres are also staging grounds for the deadliest skin cancers.

Bariatric surgery may reverse the shrinkage of telomeres

Bariatric surgery may reverse the shrinkage of telomeres

Posted by: on Feb 21, 2014 | No Comments

“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.

Caffeine, Alcohol Have Opposite Effects on Telomeres

Caffeine, Alcohol Have Opposite Effects on Telomeres

Posted by: on Dec 5, 2013 | No Comments

Diet, and not only the environment and physiological changes, may have an influence on the length of telomeres, showing caffeine seems to shorten and alcohol seems to lengthen telomeres.