What makes our bodies age … our skin wrinkle, our hair turn white, our immune systems weaken? Biologist Elizabeth Blackburn shares a Nobel Prize for her work finding out the answer, with the discovery of telomerase: an enzyme that replenishes the caps at the end of chromosomes, which break down when cells divide. Learn more about Blackburn’s groundbreaking research — including how we might have more control over aging than we think.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. As we live in this Idiocracy, she brings home the importance of funding the curiosities of science, because they often turn out to be critical to our lives, to our continued ability to even live. Fund science or people die that otherwise would live. It's so simple and so right to do.

  2. Ok so low stress means high telomerase and long telomeres. But why would only telomerase as a pill increase cancers and not the naturally heightened telomerase?

  3. This woman's book starts off okay and then devolves into typical leftist/female biased bullshit. It clearly includes contradictory points, rehashing of points repeatedly, female bias, poorly done research on certain points, errors.
    The book could have been reduced in length significantly and still retained the important points. Instead they chose to pad it with wordiness and ideas that are not science proper.

  4. Thanks God in islam we do 05 prayers every day which prayer take 10 minutes a good méditation i like this woman i love u my sister in humanity thank u for all this informations Iam biologist I inderstand what are u talking about telomers and telomerase

  5. Elizabeth Blackburn. What a credit to scientific research she is. Also fascinating to listen to. I have been working on my telomeres for over ten years now and will be 70 in two years. I feel like someone in her 40s. Thank you again, EB. You are such an inspiration.

  6. Thanks for your excellent study and explanation on the secret of our lifespan,i.e., telomere, and the practical ways to lengthen it! I'll do my best to make all my telomeres as long as possible! Hahaha! And my family's! HaHa LOL!

  7. With all due respect for the years of life you spent and then you got old without knowing much just because you were consentrated in physics you should have considered other paths, like great scientists, Nikola Tesla said (everything is light) he was referring to AETHER subatomic particle, this is 1000 times thinner than the atom and travels at several times the speed of light, it is the primordial matter it penetrates into your body and promotes the acidity that makes you old, which also degrades your cells but also you can revitalize them, this would have been a good way to deepen your work. Anyway, if you want to know more, watch this video by a Goefisicas teacher, only it is spoken in Portuguese but it is worth the effort: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1C9dNuXX44

  8. imagine the fact, in many cultures, there are extremely negative ongoing daily stressors that permeate EVERYONE'S LIVES, not just a few here and there, but where death, abuse, cruelty, restrictions, terror, fear, anger, sadness, disappointment, rage, humiliation, shame, injury, reign throughout every hour of every waking moment of life, even between brief moments of constantly interrupted sleep (regular sleep disruption) ?!?! … life being systematically shortened by a "terror-fear-desperation" ideology of oneself as well as towards others …

    look and sound familiar ???
    well, not for me; but surely for others, that i'm acutely aware of …

  9. The secret to long life= 1 solve problems to best of your ability and let go. 2. Keep cholesterol 140 or below 3. Exercises and meditate 15-30 min a day. Don't sweat the small stuff.

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