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Telomeres

Do you want a clue to how long you will live? Telomeres may hold the answer

A new study shows that your telomeres—the caps at the end of your chromosomes—may indicate how long you will live. Short telomeres mean you are aging more rapidly than you should. 


See also: Can you beat problems that come with old age?


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talks to Dr. Jerry Shay, Professor of Cell Biology at UT Medical Center in Dallas.  He’s also scientific advisor to the Spanish firm, Life Length, which is selling a new simple blood test that tells you whether you have too many short telomeres.

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