Coffee or Beer for Telomere?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    A new study shows that telomeres–the ends of chromosomal DNA–are affected differently by espresso and beer.

    Researchers at Tau’s Blavatnik School of Computer


    Science and Columbia University found that coffee and beer have


    opposite affects on telomeres—the end points of chromosomal


    DNA, implicated in aging and cancer.  Telomeres keep replicating


    but get shorter each time until they finally become too short and


    die.  Aging.  There’s aging for ya. Except cancer cells that can


    replicate forever.  After exposing yeast cells to different


    environmental factors, scientists found that espresso shortened


    telomeres and ethanol lengthened them.   They say they still need


    to do more research and see if the same is true for human cells.