Telomeres: Hacking Into the Fountain of Youth

Telomeres: Hacking Into the Fountain of Youth

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Ever wish there was a magic bullet that could slow down aging? Maybe even stop the process altogether? While there’s no way to actually stop the aging process, there might be a way to slow it down. Meet your telomeres. Telomeres sit on the end of our chromosomes (the molecules in most of our cells that contain genetic information,) protecting them from deterioration and our bodies from early onset disease.

Telomeres, the specific protein structures found at both ends of each chromosome, protect genome from degradation. Therefore, telomeres play a vital role in preserving the information in our genome. As a normal cellular process, a small portion of telomeric DNA is lost with each cell division. When telomere length reaches a critical limit, the cell undergoes senescence and/or apoptosis. Telomere length may therefore serve as a biological clock to determine the lifespan of a cell and an organism. 

This 90-minute-long class will highlight the importance of telomeres in human health and aging and will summarize lifestyle factors that may affect health and longevity by altering the rate of telomere shortening. You will take a deep dive with us as we look at what telomeres are, why they shorten with age, how to lengthen them and how to know if yours should be cause for concern.

You will learn that we have more control of our telomeres than we previously thought. Lifestyle is an important determinant of telomere length and telomerase function – this may explain how we age more, or less, than others through the choices we make every day. 

This class will teach everything you need to know about: