Telomerase lengthens the ends of the chromosomes, known as telomeres, whose purpose is to protect the genetic information stored in the chromosomes. Without telomeres, chromosome ends could fuse together and degrade the cell's genetic blueprint. Telomerase can eliminate some of the contraction of the chromosomes so they can maintain their length.
Do we have any control on how to live a longer life? Can we really live longer? How can we slow aging? Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a pioneering theoretical scientist in the field of human aging (biogerontology). He says that we can substantially slow aging and live to be several hundred years old.
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