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What is telomerase?

Telomerase is a cell protein that scientists involved in aging research are studying to determine if it can be used to extend a cell's natural lifespan. All cells contain telomerase, but this protein is inactive except in abnormal cells like tumors and germ cells. Here, telomerase contains an RNA template that can produce new repetitive strings of DNA found at the ends of chromosome pairs. Theoretically, if active telomerase is added to normal adult cells, they will continue to replicate long beyond their biological limit. This could extend a cell's life, and human life.

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