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What are telomeres and what role do they play in the aging process?

Telomeres are structures that protect our genetic material. They are essential for the DNA to be intact. The simile of the plastic at the end of the shoe lace has been made. What happens is that they are shortened as our cells multiply throughout life to grow and regenerate tissues. And this is thought to be one of the causes of why we grow old and mortal.

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