Scientists have at long last discovered the secret to eternal life.
According to the legend Ponce de Leon journeyed to Florida seeking the Fountain of Youth in the 16th Century. Dracula would later achieve immortality in Bram Stoker’s cult classic book. And Indiana Jones uncovered the Holy Grail and defeated Nazi’s who would have their face melted.
But those were all fictional.
Eternal youth has long been considered nought but fantasy. But in breaking news released today, scientists have at long last discovere d the key to eternal life. The secret lies in our chromosones.
Chromosomes are protected by caps called telomeres which are located at the end of chromosomes. Over time these chromosomes deteriorate, leading to the aging process. The telomeres become worn and weakened, and are gradually shortened. This deterioration in the telomeres is the principal reason for aging. Young people have telomeres of around 9000 nucleotides long, but this length gradually reduces as we age.
Telomere deterioration is the basis of the aging process
Helen Blau and her team of scientific researchers at Stanford University have discovered a process which makes it possible to strengthen telomeres and thereby to reverse the aging process. Telomere strengthening leads to growing younger.
“This new approach paves the way toward preventing or treating diseases of aging,” one of the researches said. ‘There are also highly debilitating genetic diseases associated with telomere shortening that could benefit from such a potential treatment.”
A cure for genetic diseases
Scientists plan on using the discoveries for the curing of genetic diseases like muscular dystrophy and heart disease. “Now we have found a way to lengthen human telomeres by as much 1,000 nucleotides, turning back the internal clock in these cells by the equivalent of many years of human life,” said Brau. “This greatly increases the number of cells available for studies such as drug testing or disease modelling.
The age reversing process has already been used with success in the development of immortal jellyfish, which have been shown to grow younger through the strengthening of their telomeres.
The “Immortal Jellyfish”