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Telomere

Protective pieces of DNA at the ends of chromosomes, which shorten every time a cell divides and copies its genetic information.



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Gene conferring long-life identified in US Amish community

20 November 2017 - by Charlott Repschlager

A rare genetic mutation leading to longer and healthier lives has been discovered in the US Amish community... [Read More]

Little exercise and sedentary lifestyle ages DNA

23 January 2017 - by Matthew Thomas

Older women who take little exercise and live a more sedentary lifestyle have disproportionately older DNA, researchers have found... [Read More]

Mitochondrial and nuclear DNA mismatch may impact ageing

11 July 2016 - by Dr Julia Hill

The interaction between mitochondrial and nuclear DNA may have implications for health, metabolism and ageing, according to a new study... [Read More]

Living in a high-crime area ages your cells

29 June 2015 - by Isobel Steer

Residents of noisy and high-crime neighbourhoods are over a decade older biologically compared with those who live in low-crime areas, according to recent research... [Read More]

Human cells have their clock put back

09 February 2015 - by Chris Baldacci

Scientists have developed a technique to lengthen telomeres - the 'caps' on the end of chromosomes that protect DNA - in human cells in the lab, increasing the cells' lifespan... [Read More]

Mediterranean diet protects against DNA ageing

08 December 2014 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi

Women who consume a Mediterranean-style diet are less likely to show evidence of 'cellular ageing' and therefore more likely to live longer, say US researchers... [Read More]

Sugar rush: cell ageing sped up by fizzy pop

20 October 2014 - by Arit Udoh

Fizzy drinks may accelerate cell ageing in a manner comparable to the effects of smoking, according to research... [Read More]

Holding back the telomeres: stand up for healthier DNA

08 September 2014 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

Spending more time on your feet may protect DNA from 'cellular ageing' and extend life, a small Swedish study has found... [Read More]

Violence at home can 'scar' children's DNA

23 June 2014 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars

Family disruption such as domestic violence can shorten telomeres, the caps on the end of chromosomes, a study from Tulane University, US, has found... [Read More]

Tests on world's oldest woman reveal 'stem cell exhaustion' and hundreds of genetic mutations

28 April 2014 - by James Brooks

Blood tests of a woman who lived to 115 have revealed that when she died the majority of the white blood cells in her body originated from just two stem cells... [Read More]

DNA ages faster in disadvantaged boys

14 April 2014 - by Chris Baldacci

Children from poor backgrounds who have an unstable family life have shorter telomeres - the tips of chromosomes that prevent damage - according to a small study... [Read More]

Event Review: End to End - Telomeres and Ageing

25 November 2013 - by Jamie Rickman

The 2013 Schrödinger Lecture at Imperial College London was delivered by Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, an Australian-American biologist based in California... [Read More]

Unemployment may speed biological ageing in men

25 November 2013 - by Chris Baldacci

Men who are unemployed for more than two years show genetic ageing at an accelerated rate... [Read More]

Depression may speed up DNA ageing

18 November 2013 - by María Victoria Rivas Llanos

Severe depression speeds up the ageing process of our cells, researchers have found... [Read More]

Can a healthy lifestyle really 'reverse cellular ageing'?

23 September 2013 - by Dr Jess Buxton

A US study proclaiming the health benefits of stress management, gentle exercise and a 'plant-based' diet grabbed the attention of the world's media last week, but what was novel about the findings, and are the life-extending claims justified?... [Read More]

Healthy lifestyle 'reverses' DNA ageing

23 September 2013 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

Switching to a healthier lifestyle may reverse the signs of ageing at the genetic level in men with low-risk prostate cancer, a small study has found.... [Read More]

TV Review: Dara O'Briain's Science Club - Adventures in Time

27 August 2013 - by Dr Amina Aitsi-Selmi

Dara O'Briain's Science Club explores time from many different angles, looking at diverse areas from aerodynamic engineering to tissue engineering... [Read More]

Ageing genes may affect cancer and heart risk

08 April 2013 - by Dr Greg Ball

Genes that influence the so-called 'biological age' of cells may also influence susceptibility to many age-related diseases... [Read More]

Cell ageing slowed by HRT, but only for Alzheimer's risk gene carriers

18 February 2013 - by Michelle Downes

Hormone replacement therapy, used to treat the symptoms of menopause, may play a role in slowing the ageing process in women who carry a certain gene variant, claim scientists... [Read More]

Quadruple DNA helix found in human cells

28 January 2013 - by Dr Zara Mahmoud

Scientists have for the first time shown the existence of a new structural form of DNA, called G-quadruplex DNA, in human cells.... [Read More]

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