posted on Nov, 17 2009 @ 09:12 AM
Researchers studying a group of people with an average age of 97 found they had all inherited a gene that appears to prevent cells aging.
They found that the 86 people studied and their children had higher levels of an enzyme called telomerase which is known to protect the body's DNA
The team from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, who studied an American Ashkenazi Jewish community, said that the finding could lead to
Telomerase is known to protect telomeres which stop the string of DNA unravelling much like the plastic tips at the ends of shoelaces stop fraying.
Each time a cell divides, its telomeres shortens and the cell becomes more susceptible to dying.
Interesting find, there may be something to this, on my fathers side of the family longevity is common, my Aunts lived well into their nineties with
very good health and my fathers is now ninety and in excellent health.