Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 5 May 2004
If Telomeres Thrive, You Will Survive
Augmenting chromosome caps extends worm life span
Abstract: Much as cutting the biblical muscleman Samson's hair sapped his strength, trimming telomeres weakens a cell's power to survive. A new study of nematodes backs the idea that extending chromosome tips prolongs an animal's life span. The findings add a new twist by suggesting that lengthy telomeres stretch life not by affecting cell duplication, but by solidifying defenses against stress.
Citation: M. Leslie, If Telomeres Thrive, You Will Survive. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2004 (18), nf47 (2004).
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