Scientists locate the protein that will extend your life and figure out how to make it last longer

Lengthening Telomere, a DNA protein, may be a key to extending life to much older than 100 years.

Telomeres are DNA-protein complexes that protect the end of human chromosomes from DNA damage or fusion with neighboring chromosomes.  Nutritionists have long been interested in the dynamics of telomere length in the human body, and how telomeres factor into human health, lengthening life expectancy, and even have pondered the possibility of Immortality.   Research is showing that certain nutrients play a huge part in protecting telomere length, ultimately determining how long you live.

“The best analogy that we have for telomeres is that they’re like the little tabs on the end of shoelaces,” says Dr Adam Rutherford, a geneticist and author of Creation: The Origin of Life.

Just as the tabs, or “aglets”, hold the strands of the laces together, he says, telomeres – repetitive stretches of DNA on the end of each chromosome – perform the same function.

“Chromosomes are made up of a double helix, two strands of DNA, and they need an endpoint,” says Rutherford. “Without telomeres they’d unravel, like two bits of string that have been tied together.”

Studies have shown that certain Vitamins contribute to the length of a Telomere.  Scientists at the European Journal of Nutrition (EJON) found that the B vitamin folate also plays an important part in maintenance of DNA integrity and DNA methylation, which in turn influence telomere length. Researchers have found that women who use vitamin B12 supplements have longer telomeres than those who don’t. Vitamin D3, zinc, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins C and E also influence telomere length.

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Russian billionaire plans to attain immortality

A 35-year-old Russian billionaire has embarked on an ambitious goal to make immortality a reality by using cutting-edge science that enables uploading of human brain to a computer.

Dmitry Itskov has brought together some of the world’s leading neuroscientists, robot builders and consciousness researchers to create a robot which is capable of uploading a person’s personality.

Itskov ‘2045 initiative’ is described as the next step in evolution, supporting research into artificial intelligence. The project aims to store a person’s thoughts and feelings in a robot, following the belief by experts that brains function in the same way as a computer.

“Within the next 30 years I am going to make sure that we can all live forever. I’m 100 per cent confident it will happen. Otherwise I wouldn’t have started it,” Itskov said.

The project’s first step is to create a robot that can be controlled using the mind. It would work by uploading a digital version of a human brain to an android – effectively rebooting a person’s mind – which would take the form of a robotic copy of a human body or, once technology has developed, a hologram with a full human personality.

Dmitry Itskov has brought together some of the world's leading neuroscientists, robot builders and consciousness researchers to create a robot which is capable of uploading a person's personality. Screen Grab

“If there is no immortality technology, I’ll be dead in the next 35 years. The ultimate goal of my plan is to transfer someone’s personality into a completely new body,” Itskov told BBC.

He has invested in the programme having amassed a fortune from his internet media firm New Media Stars.

Some scientists claim the project is “too stupid” and “cannot be done”.

“You cannot code intuition, you cannot code aesthetic beauty, you cannot code love or hate,” said Miguel Nicolelis, leading neuroscientist at Duke University.

“There is no way you will ever see a human brain reduced to a digital medium. It’s simply impossible to reduce that complexity to the kind of algorithmic process that you will have to have to do that,” Nicolelis said.

However, Itskov is more sanguine and believes he could indeed succeed in his goal of bringing about immortality.

“I will answer you to the question of ethics by the opinion which was given to me by his holiness the Dalai Llama when I visited him in 2013. His point was that you can do everything if your motivation is to help people,” Itskov said.

“For the next few centuries I envision having multiple bodies, one somewhere in space, another hologram-like, my consciousness just moving from one to another,” he said.