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Are your Telomeres too short?

Check your telomeres in the mirror.

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Telomer-structure, used with permission
(c) Iridos at the English language Wikipedia

Are they too short?

 

Bet you didn’t even know you had them, but turns out they do show, when you get a runny nose. Or at least, your shorter ones show in that you probably get more colds than people who have longer ones.

Big news last month on the common cold was the discovery by researchers that a part of your DNA, the cap of your Chromosone called a “telomere” could determine your body’s susceptibility to the common cold.

And if so, what can you do about it? Is there a clinic where you can get them fixed? Can a personal trainer assist you in working out to lengthen and strengthen them?

Sadly no.  So what good does it do us to know about this? Well, none at the moment, but perhaps in future this can assist medical researchers to figure out how to work around that sadly deficient telomere and help people resist colds more.

Foundational knowledge, it is. But cool to think about it. The wikipedia entry has a neato 3-dimensional video clip of a multicolor telomere structure diagram.

According to Science 2.0 One of the researchers, a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University explains

“Our work suggests the possibility that telomere length is a relatively consistent marker across the life span and that it can start predicting disease susceptibility in young adulthood… We knew that people in their late 50s and older with shorter telomeres are at a greater risk for illness and mortality.

“We expected that younger people would vary in their telomere length as well and wanted to see what this would mean for their health.

“Those with shorter telomeres in the CD8CD28- cell population may be at greater risk for infection because they have fewer functional cells available to respond to the [cold] virus. The superior ability of CD8CD28- T-cytolytic cells to predict infection gives us an idea of which cells to focus on in future work on how telomere length influences the immune system’s response to infection and other immune-related challenges.”

…Cohen emphasized that “this is preliminary research and further work with other viruses and with natural infections will help clarify its implications.”

All of which tells ME that… hmmmm…. really, what??? Just that ANY incremental, small news that is real solid information about the common cold is so basic to our health, if any small improvement can be made on the common cold for humanity, that it becomes HUGE international news.

Now … how to get the BIG  little news  out about “Warm & Steamy?”