Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 5 May 2004
Vol. 2004, Issue 18, p. nf47
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2004.18.nf47]


If Telomeres Thrive, You Will Survive

Augmenting chromosome caps extends worm life span

Mitch Leslie

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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