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How old are you really? Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on July 7th, 2015.

There is more to human ageing than just the passing of time. A new study, published in PNAS, uses a number of different measures to determine individuals’ ‘biological age’, drawing on the long-running Dunedin Longitudinal Study. Although all the participants were, chronologically speaking, 38 years old at the time of the study, their biological ages […]

Mediterranean diet and telomere length – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on December 3rd, 2014.

According to a new study published in the British Medical Journal eating a Mediterranean diet might help extend your lifespan. The diet, which has been consistently linked with health benefits including reduced mortality and a lower risk of heart disease, appears to be associated with longer telomere length – a marker for slower ageing. The […]

When NZ kids suffer violence, does their DNA age at a faster rate?

Peter Griffin posted in on April 26th, 2012.

International researchers have found that children who experience violence appear to be aging at a faster rate. DNA of 236 British 10 year-olds exposed to violence during their childhood shows “erosion” of the special sequences at the tips of their chromosomes, the telomeres. Such wear-and-tear is normally associated with ageing, and it limits the number […]

Australian wins Nobel Prize

Peter Griffin posted in on October 5th, 2009.

Hobart-born scientist, Dr Elizabeth Blackburn is one of three scientists to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2009. Professor Blackburn gained her BSc from the University of Melbourne and is now the Morris Herztein Professor of Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San […]

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