For thousands of years people have been trying to find a ‘magic potion’ that will cure ageing. A ‘fountain of youth’. It might sound like something out of a fantasy film, but in fact science is a lot closer than you would think to creating technologies that will extend the healthy life span of humans beyond the theoretical maximum of 125 years.
To many, ageing is just something that happens, an unavoidable part of life that brings with it all the un-niceties. But there is growing science that perhaps the appearance of skin ageing doesn’t have to be so unpleasant. Perhaps, it doesn’t even have to happen at all. The term ‘growing old gracefully’ may for once have some truth to it. The answer lies in Nobel Prize winning research and is a clock that ticks inside every single dividing cell of our bodies, in a region called the Telomere at the tips of our chromosomes.
The shortening of our Telomeres is indicated to have direct correlation with ageing and age-related conditions. Just like the caps of your shoelaces, the older the Telomeres get, the more worn out and shorter they become, until they are rendered useless. When the Telomeres get too short they are unable to support the DNA and all sorts of mutations begin to occur, leading to disease and eventually death. By putting a halt to Telomere shortening, even better, re-lengthening them, the prevention of signs of premature ageing may become achievable.
Scientists have known about Telomeres since the 1930s, and that they get shorter as we get older since the 1970s. Yet none has been able to actually figure out a way to stop the shortening, That is, until I led the research that discovered Telomerase, an enzyme that when switched on in our body will not only stop Telomere shortening, but re-lengthen them as well.
Our discoveries have actually led us and other scientists to sustain human skin cells in vitro, impressing many in the scientific community.
Over the past 20 years my research company Sierra Sciences has invested $33 million dollars in Telomere research and we’ve screened nearly 300,000 synthetic compounds in our search for the strongest Telomerase inducers. When Chase Life Extension Foundation (CLEF) from Auckland, New Zealand first approached me in early 2013 I was eager to know more about this company, because over the years I have been approached by many quacks and charlatans wanting to do all sorts of things with my research – and in the anti-ageing industry you can be discredited very easily.
What I discovered was a company that had strong values and ethics. Their mission was to create products that helped their customers and could be backed up with credible data. After formulating the serum they then spent hundreds of thousands of dollars getting it independently tested at Abich labs in Italy and even I was amazed by just how good the results were!