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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds

"Telomere". Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
This study from Stanford University Medical Center, reported by Science Daily, looks potentially interesting: 

"A new procedure can quickly and efficiently increase the length of human telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are linked to aging and disease, according to scientists."

Have they discovered the elixir of (long) life?

Who knows, but I recognised the word Telomere with relation to a report from a couple of years ago: Telomere Length Linked to Fibromyalgia Pain (see also Pain is associated with short leukocyte telomere length in women with fibromyalgia.)

Could increasing the length of telomeres therefore perhaps lead to an effective, permanent treatment for fibromyalgia? Far too early to tell yet, but this may offer us a glimmer of hope.

Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds


Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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