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Telomeres and Telomerase

Fight the aging process at the cellular level




Telomeres
Telomeres are structures on the ends of chromosomes which ensure their stability during the process of cellular replication.
 
When we are born our telomeres are long, but they shorten with each cell cycle as cells continually divide.
 
When telomeres are “critically short”, cells become senescent, unable to divide.
 

Telomerase
Is an enzyme that can keep our telomeres long and ready to divide.  Telomerase is found naturally in stem cells. 
 

Short Telomeres Linked to Age-Related Diseases
  • Increased cancer incidence
  • Immune senescence
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Bone marrow failure