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Pyschologists study telomeres

19 Dec

Telomeres are structures at the end of chromosomes that shorten with each cell division. They are restored through the action of an enzyme. Shorter telomeres is a sign of aging and stress.

The Observer, a publication of the Association for Psychological Science, reports on the psychological study of telomeres.

“Over the last decade, these scientists and others have investigated how protracted psychological stress lowers telomerase activity, leading to shorter telomeres. This line of research represents the height of integrative science, incorporating disciplines that include psychology, immunology, epidemiology, genetics, and even nutrition.”

The entire piece is worth reading.

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