Monday, November 16, 2009

Gene that makes 100-year-old man identified

Scientists from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, United States, to identify gene relationships that can help people live a long life to 100 years. This discovery staying can be a new breakthrough and the road to production of antiaging medicine.

The researchers examined an Ashkenazi Jewish communities in the United States who averaged 97 years of age. The results showed a clear relationship exists 100 years of age and their descendants, ie the difference telomerase enzyme levels that can prevent cells from aging.

Quoted from the Telegraph, Tuesday (17/11/2008), from research scientists found 86 parents and their children have higher levels of telomerase that functions to protect DNA.

Telomerase is a special section of DNA that sit at the end of the chromosome, like a plastic sheath at the end of shoelaces to prevent loose fibers woven rope. Every time a cell divides, the telomerase will shorten and become more vulnerable to death.

People aged over 90 years and their offspring have higher telomerase and make them significantly more longevity than people who are not related in the control group and the strong influence of inherited traits.

This study has been published in the journal 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences'.

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