Study shows telomere length in humans can be altered by medical drugs
WHAT: Scientists at the National Institutes of Health are reporting evidence that human telomeres can be favorably lengthened by medical drug treatment. Telomeres are the ends of our chromosomes and function to protect them from damage. Over time, telomeres shorten, and this shortening has been linked with increased disease risk. The NIH results appear in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine.