Monthly Archives: January 2010

What every vampire already knows – and something he doesn’t know

Any reader of a vampire novel knows that acquiring the blood of a young person is the secret of a vampire’s eternal youth.  In fact, the essence of being a vampire is a constant quest for such acquisition.  According to … Continue reading

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Direct cell reprogramming

Do you remember the Monopoly card that says “Go to jail.  Go directly to jail.  Do not pass Go, Do not collect $200?”  Well, imagine that there is a cell reprogramming card that says, say when you land on skin … Continue reading

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Progress in closing the stem cell supply chain loop

In the blog entry The stem cell supply chain – closing the loop for very long lives, I have suggested that it might be possible to re-introduce fully pluripotent stem cells into the body so as to close the loop … Continue reading

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Sierra Sciences

The  responses to my blog posts tell me that many of you readers out there join me in being telomerase life-extension aficionados.  In case you don’t already know about it, you might want to have a look at the Sierra … Continue reading

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Blog birthday notes – original contributions made in the first year of this blog

This blog is now a year old and represents an accumulation of 232 posts and 270 comments.  My favorite thing seems to be reporting recent research findings in context, providing discussion and a network of citations for understanding how newly-reported … Continue reading

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Vitamins, supplements and telomerase – upregulation or downregulation?

It seems like scarcely a day goes by now without new telomerase research news items showing up in the popular press, the latest having to do with fish oil.  I mention this news here but my purpose is to make … Continue reading

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GABA, beta-alanine, carnosine, homocarnosine and gabapentin

In researching the previous blog post Changing the threshold for neuromuscular fatigue in the young and old, carnosine or beta-alanine supplementation, I discovered a fascinating set of relationships among the substances mentioned in the title of this post and promised … Continue reading

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Changing the threshold for neuromuscular fatigue in the young and old, carnosine or beta-alanine supplementation

First of all, my thanks to reader Jeg3 who put me onto this topic via a comment to the blog post Exercise, telomerase and telomeres.  It seems that both younger people who participate in strenuous sports and old folks who … Continue reading

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CETP gene longevity variants

It has long been suspected that polymorphisms in the cholesterol ester transfer protein (CETP) gene confer important longevity benefits.  This post is prompted by recent news about the gene.  The post reviews what is known about the actions of the … Continue reading

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Exercise, telomerase and telomeres

A new study reported in the press this week looks at the relationship of exercise to expression of telomerase and telomere lengths in athletes and non-athletes.  Other studies on the same topic have appeared in the last year or so.  … Continue reading

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