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Tag: Telomere Attrition

CGI of kidneys
March 25, 2021
A team of researchers led by Dr. Maria Blasco of the Spanish National Cancer Research Center has shown that shorter telomeres make mice more susceptible to kidney fibrosis [1]. The new study not only clearly demonstrates this link but also provides mouse models which can be used to study – and perhaps eventually address –...
March 23, 2021
The Journal Club returns live on our Facebook page on Wednesday, March 31, at noon Eastern time. This month, we will be taking a look at a new paper from Dr. Maria Blasco and her team that discusses how short and dysfunctional telomeres sensitize the kidneys to develop fibrosis [1]. Accumulation of short telomeres is...
A teal picture of coronavirus
January 20, 2021
New research published in Aging has analyzed the telomeres of patients hospitalized due to COVID-19. Telomere AttritionTelomeres are DNA regions located at the ends of a chromosome. Their normal length is 8-10 thousand base pairs, yet they consist of repetitions of a single sequence: TTAGGG. Telomeres do not code for proteins, but they protect chromosomes...
A picture of the Alpha-ketoglutarate molecule
January 18, 2021
Alpha-ketoglutarate (AKG) is a popular dietary and sports supplement frequently used in the bodybuilding world, but interest in this molecule has more recently reached the aging research field for its potential to slow down aging. AKG is a naturally occurring endogenous intermediary metabolite, which means that our own bodies create it, and is part of...
Chromosomes and telomere loss
December 15, 2020
Scientists have discovered a new telomere-protecting mechanism in embryonic stem cells. This discovery can bring us closer to solving the notorious problem of telomere attrition and to understanding the immortality of cancer cells [1]. Telomere AttritionTelomeres are DNA regions located at the ends of a chromosome. Their normal length is 8-10 thousand base pairs, yet...
The Sheekey Science Show on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
November 30, 2020
Recently on Lifespan.io, we reported the rather overhyped findings of a study that presented hyperbaric oxygen therapy as an effective way to reverse human aging. The Sheekey Science Show offers its own explanation on this study and the reactions of multiple media publications to it.