No More Cell Gasoline....

a: Telomere ~
b: running on empty

What: "Geron Corporation likens the telomere and aging condition to this: For the cell, having a long telomerecan be compared to having a full tank of gas in your automobile; having a short telomere is like running on empty. Each time a cell divides, its telomeres become a little shorter until the cells simply can no longer divide (e.g., it runs out of fuel)..."

Writer: Not Stated
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: May 14 2013 6:24 PM


a: A telomere ~
b: An Aglet

What: "The trio found that chromosome-capping telomeres -which Blackburn has compared to the plastic ends of shoe laces - and the enzyme telomerase protect chromosomes as cells divide."

Writer: Ron Leuty
Date: Oct 6 2009 12:37 AM

Tick Tel Tick Tel.......

a: The telomere ~
b: a cellular clock

What: "The telomere is like a cellular clock, because every time a cell divides, the telomere shortens. After a cell has grown and divided a few dozen times, the telomeres turn on an alarm system that prevents further division. If this clock doesn't function right, cells either end up with damaged chromosomes or they become "immortal" and continue dividing endlessly -- either way it's bad news and leads to cancer or disease."

Writer: Not Stated
Date: May 14 2013 6:22 PM

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