There has never been a better time in human history to be growing old. Medical breakthroughs are being announced virtually every day. Here’s a Big One:

Leonard Hayflick demonstrated in 1961 that adult cells lose telomeres, the gene sequence that holds the two halves of your DNA’s double helix together when cells divide to replicate (mitosis). As the telomere sequence is shortened, the two DNA helices can no longer rejoin correctly for replication, so it begins to malfunction and then dies.

Before the discovery of telomeres, many leading biologists believed that exterior factors caused cell aging and death. Hayflick showed that the biological clock is ticking away inside each of our cells.Read more…


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