“All of this time I had been thinking about telomere maintenance in terms of the minuscule cellular molecular structures that they are, and the genes that control telomeres. When Elissa posed her question, however, I suddenly saw telomeres in a whole new light. I saw how they impacted the lives of real people.” More of Nobel prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn here.
Siddhartha Mukherjee is surprised to find a common root for two seemingly unrelated diseases of aging, heart disease and cancer, and a bridging of the worlds of “exterminator” and “poisoner” in this lovely piece for the New York Times.
If you’re in need of a couple of books to add to your reading queue, consider two books fresh off the press that are making the rounds of the longevity community. The first is a book long on biological detail, but with a heart of gold (or cash, anyway). The second has a little for everyone–historians, policy wonks, amateur philosophers, and the scientifically curious–and might be a good starting place for anyone looking to dive a little deeper into the momentum behind this growing movement.