March 27th, 2018

Episode #13

The Potential of Telomerase for Extending Lifespan

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We welcome back Dr. Bill Andrews of Sierra Sciences to further expand on research into telomeres and telomerase for extending lifespan.

Dr. Andrews explains how the existing research shows that there are potential telomere lengtheners, but they are still losing the tug-of-war with telomere shortening. He talks about how lack of funding may be the primary obstacle for telomere breakthroughs.

Dr. Andrews also explains the actual link between telomerase and cancer, which is often misunderstood. They also consider the implications of gene therapy and gene editing in terms of producing telomerase.

The main cause of telomere shortening is a lack of telomerase, though some things accelerate the process, like oxidative stress and inflammation. The doctors list a number of things people can do to reduce oxidative stress, including lifestyle changes and supplements that can help.

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Ask yourself: How serious am I about altering my lifestyle to protect my telomere lengths, and how much of my life, thought process and financial resources should I devote to this?

Special Guest

Dr. Bill Andrews

Dr. Bill Andrews is the President and CEO of Sierra Sciences. As a scientist, athlete and executive, he continually pushes the envelope and challenges convention. He has been featured in Popular Science, The Today Show and numerous documentaries on the topic of life extension, including, most recently, the movie The Immortalists in which he co-stars with Aubrey de Grey.

Since 1981, Bill Andrews has focused on finding ways to extend the human lifespan and healthspan through telomere maintenance. As one of the principal discoverers of both the RNA and protein components of human telomerase, Dr. Andrews was awarded 2nd place as "National Inventor of the Year" in 1997. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Population Genetics at the University of Georgia in 1981. He has served as Senior Scientist at Armos Corporation and Codon Corporation, Director of Molecular Biology at Berlex Biosciences and at Geron Corporation, and Director of Technology Development at EOS Biosciences. He is also a named inventor on over 50+ US issued patents on telomerase and author of numerous scientific research studies published in peer reviewed scientific journals.

Bill is also an avid ultra-marathon runner. Born December 10, 1951, he regularly competes in 100k and 100+ mile runs often finishing at the top of his age group. These grueling races have taken him all over the world to race in some of the most extreme environments, from Death Valley to the Himalayas. His running is presently featured in the movie The High.

You can order his books Bill Andrews on Telomere Basics: Curing Aging and Telomere Lengthening: Curing All Disease Including Aging and Cancer now.

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