Telomerase: Biochemical Fountain of Youth...?

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    Telomeres are the molecular caps that protect the ends of each chromosomes in each cell of the body.
    These telomeres shorten with each round of cell division and DNA replication...this telomere "shortening" has been associated with cell aging...and senescence...

    The enzyme Telomerase(produced by the hTERT gene)(www.sierrasci.com/science.htm)which is expressed in embryonic cells causes the elongation of these telomeres and extends the life span of the cell...

    Researchers have notice the Teleomere Position Effect(TPE)...that when a cell is young and the Telomere is long "aging genes" are located near the telomere and not expressed...in an old cell when the telomere is short..."the 'aging genes' are no longer repressed. Silencing is switched off and the 'aging genes' activated."(LIFE EXTENSION magazine, Oct. 2002, p. 59)

    Some research is being done with telomerase and the inserting of the telomerase gene into injured organs and the effect on organ regeneration...some research has been done with mice that have chronic liver injury...the telomerase gene was inserted into the liver and prevented cirrhosis...other possibilities involve removing cells from organs...treating these cells in vitro with telomerase...And then re-introducing these cells back into the organ...it could help people with diabetes...emphysema...cirrhosis...major media is just not reporting on this cutting edge research...?

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