And now there are new discoveries in genetics.
Which could indicate, were closer then ever before in unravelling the secret of the key to eternal youth.
In 2009 three scientists were awarded the Nobel peace prize, for their contribution into the research on chromosomes.
This research led them to solving a major biological problem.
They discovered that chromosomes can be copied and protected during cellular division.
This they do through an enzyme, that prevents cellular degradation and stops ageing in its tracks.
Scientists have discovered, that the solution is to be found at the ends of DNA structures, known as Telomeres.
The long thread like DNA molecules that carry our genes, are packed into chromosomes.
Telomeres are the caps which sit at the end of each of our chromosomes.
ROLE OF TELOMERES
Basically they act like tiny book ends, protecting our DNA and preventing our genetic code from unravelling.
For many years it was thought that this was their only role.
But this latest discovery, has found that these structures can actually PREVENT cellular degradation in the skin.
Scientists also noticed that cells stop replicating as telomeres get shorter.
When a cell stops duplicating it enters a steady period of decline, this is known as cell senescence or cell death.
So the length of a cell’s telomere, will actually determine the cell’s age and how many times it will replicate.
ROLE OF TELOMERASE
During their research scientists discovered another interesting enzyme, known as telomerase.
It was found that the role of this enzyme, is to protect the telomere enzymes from ageing.
It appears that every cell in our body has the genetic code to make telomeres, the problem is that as we age, these telomeres naturally diminish.
To date, telomeres are the closest scientists have come to identifying the biological clock.
What this new information means, is that EXCITINGLY we are one step closer to understanding the mechanism of ageing and exactly how to influence it, to prevent ageing in the future.
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One scientist leading the forefront in this research, has identified yet another enzyme known as teprenone,
It is thought that teprenone, can help halt the ageing of the skin’s DNA, actively delaying the shortening of the telomeres.
This means the enzyme could extend the life span of our skins cells.
They can literally SLOW DOWN the AGEING PROCESS, physically delaying the shortening of telomeres.
The other role of tepronene, is to PROTECT the skin’s DNA, and much of the destructive affects that come with age.
THE NAKED TRUTH
This latest ground breaking research, does indeed offer a glimmer of hope on the horizon in finding a natural cure for ageing.
Identifying these enzymes, has certainly opened the door to further scientific research and the role these have on the ageing process.
In the hope that one day we truly will be able to unlock the key to longevity.