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Coffee Beer Affects Longevity
2013-12-06 15:35:27

[ Watch the Video: Will Beer Or Coffee Contribute To Your Aging? ] Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Each time our cells replicate in our bodies, the end points of chromosomal DNA - known as telomeres - copy themselves to the new cell, shortening with each subsequent copy until they can no longer keep the cell viable, resulting in its eventual death. However, a group of researchers from Tel Aviv University’s (TAU) Department of Molecular Microbiology and...

Down's Syndrome Genes Shut Off In New Breakthrough
2013-07-18 05:30:06

Susan Bowen for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have made a huge breakthrough in our understanding of Down's syndrome. They reported in the online science journal Nature, that in a lab, they have switched off the extra chromosome that causes the disorder in humans. This is the proof-of-principal that opens the doorway for exciting new discoveries about this condition. Down's syndrome is the world's leading genetically...

2013-07-11 16:34:59

Salk researchers' findings on chromosome shortening suggest a potential target to arrest cancer cell growth A team of scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies has identified why disruption of a vital pathway in cell cycle control leads to the proliferation of cancer cells. Their findings on telomeres, the stretches of DNA at the ends of chromosomes that protect our genetic code and make it possible for cells to divide, suggest a potential target for preventive measures...

2013-06-28 13:07:12

Researchers from the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research in Tokyo have discovered that forced elongation of telomeres (extensions on the end of chromosomes) promotes the differentiation of cancer cells, probably reducing malignancy, which is strongly associated with a loss of cell differentiation. They report their findings in a manuscript published online ahead of print, in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology. "Cancer cells may maintain short telomeres to maintain their...


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