According to Motherboard, Dr. John Cooke and his team from the Houston Methodist Research Institute claim in a paper published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology to have found a way to reverse ageing in human cells. Reportedly, by targeting telomeres by delivering RNA directly into the cells, they were able to make them produce telomerase, “a protein that lengthens telomeres.” Not everyone is convinced.
According to Dr. Peter Lansdorp, a professor of medical genetics at the University of British Columbia and scientist at the BC Cancer Agency, claims of telomere lengthening are mostly "snake oil." He explained that, despite the excitement, there's still a lot to learn.
Telomeres do tend to shrink as we age, but it's not a perfect correlation, according to Lansdorp. "It is not hard to find a 70-year-old with longer telomeres than a teenager," he said in an email. And there's good reason for telomeres to decline as we age: it's a "tumor suppression mechanism," as Lansdorp put it. Our cells stop dividing and die when telomeres become too short. If that didn't happen, it would put us at higher risk of developing cancer.
|A Bad Case of Googleitis|
|Lab Grown Vaginas|
|How Smartphones Change Your Posture and Brain|
|“Mobile and cordless phone use may be promoting gliomas.”|
|“Google and Facebook figured out how to commodify 'reality' itself by tracking what people do.”|
|“The latest warning sign for cities who are considering signing over public spaces to major tech companies.”|
|“Humans aren’t built to last forever.”|
|“Scientific evidence that digital distraction is damaging our minds.”|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|“New York Central trains in the Hudson River valley in 1928 and 1929.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|"Waymo is reportedly planning to take the next step towards offering a commercial driverless car service in early December."|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“Bias, error, and misuse of Artificial Intelligence technologies.”|
|“Buying a new smartphone every two years is taking a toll on the planet.”|
|“We need to make algorithms transparent, regulated, and forgiving of the flawed creatures that converse with them.”|