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Breaking Down Forever Chemicals

LIVE January 13th, 2022 at 2:30 PM ET
Forever chemicals like the ones commonly found in non-stick cookware, certain types of clothing, and packaged food increase the risk of cancer and other diseases.
Telomeres (in white) cap the ends of chromosomes (in gray) and protect them from degradation.
By Danielle Gerhard, PhD

Telomerase: the Protector of Chromosomes

Scientists found evidence of telomeres in the 1930s, but did not identify them until the 1970s. Since then, researchers’ understanding of telomeres and their role in DNA repair, aging, and disease has expanded exponentially.
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