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    Default Breakthrough discovery in plants' DNA may lead to slowing aging process in humans

    Sandee LaMotte
    November 18, 2019

    Science has identified in the plant kingdom the "missing link" of cellular immortality between human and single-celled animals, according to a new study led by scientists from Arizona State University and Texas A&M University.
    "This is the first time that we have identified the detailed structure of the telomerase component from plants," said co-author Dr. Julian Chen, a professor of biochemistry at Arizona State University. The study was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.
    Telomerase is the enzyme that creates the DNA of telomeres, the compound structures located at the tips of our chromosomes. Telomeres protect our cells from aging as they multiply.

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    Great article. For humans, it is the "length" of telemeres that really matters. Longer telemeres equate to longevity. Conversely, shorter telemeres are related to aging and all the chronic illnesses. Lack of exercise, air pollution, stress, smoking, etc. play a part in shortening telemeres. Good nutrition is key. Antioxidants, like vitamin C & E, and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), as well as other nutrients, like zinc and magnesium help to limit damage that may lead to shorter telemeres.

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    Guess I'll have to plant a Sequoia tree in my back yard so as I can harvest the telomeres/telemorase, :
    https://www.gardenguides.com/129005-...rees-live.html

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