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When will you die? Ask your Telomeres!


We will all die, eventually and some people wish they knew ‘when‘… The answer may come soon: ‘A small Spanish biological research company was deluged with queries after reports that its blood test could predict the age you would die’, says an article published by The Guardian.

Giles Tremlett, who wrote the article, explains: ‘The test is based on the idea that biological ageing grinds at your telomeres. And, although time ticks by uniformly, our bodies age at different rates. Genes, environment and our own personal habits all play a part in that process. A peek at your telomeres is an indicator of how you are doing […] The test is available, as of this month, via doctors in Spain and Portugal and there are plans to make it easier to carry out in the UK and the US as soon as possible…

But telomeres also play a role in cancer as explained in this article published by the University of Utah: ‘As a cell begins to become cancerous, it divides more often, and its telomeres become very short. If its telomeres get too short, the cell may die. It can escape this fate by becoming a cancer cell and activating an enzyme called telomerase, which prevents the telomeres from getting even shorter’.

Geneticist Richard Cawthon at the University of Utah says that if all processes of aging could be eliminated and oxidative stress damage could be repaired, ‘one estimate is people could live 1,000 years’.

This may sound like a fantastic news to many people, but there is something we often omit: dictators and violent people would also live their destructive life like forever…






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