Biology sometimes reveals its fundamental principles through what may seem at first to be arcane and bizarre.
I've only actively promoted what we always hope is good science.
If a test showed you had telomere shortening, it would be a red flag suggesting you should take a look at possible risk factors.
Ageing is so many different things, and cells being able to self-renew is part of the picture but not all of it.
At Cambridge, there was a completely unintimidating culture, and there were no class divisions among the students.
Being senior enough in the field, having enough solidity, I don't feel afraid of being marginalized.
Challenges in medicine are moving from 'Treat the symptoms after the house is on fire' to 'Can we preserve the house intact?'
For me, arguably the story of telomeres and telomerase began thousands of years ago, in the cornfields of the Maya highlands of Central America.
I was using very unconventional methods to sequence the telemetric DNA, originally.
I'm pretty good about getting some exercise every day - well, most days. The secret for me was to put the elliptical in front of the TV.
If we think of our chromosomes - they carry our genetic material - as being like shoelaces, I work on the plastic tips at the end that protect them.
In my early work, our molecular views of telomeres were first focused on the DNA.
Perhaps arising from a fascination with animals, biology seemed the most interesting of sciences to me as a child.
Tracing the beginnings of the interwoven stories of science can be arbitrary, as beginnings are so often lost in the mists of time.
We think there are lifestyle factors that boost telomerase naturally.
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