Mangrove leaves are like stem cells

Ed Park, MD aging, dr ed park, mitochondrial theory of aging, stem cell theory of aging 1 Comment

My boys and I were fortunate to take a beautiful kayak adventure through the GeoPark mangrove forest in Langkawi, Malaysia.   Our naturalist guide pointed out an interesting adaptation to the salty¬†environment that we would never have intuited on our own. The mangrove trees absorb excess salt then “choose” certain leaves in which to concentrate that salt. As a result, …

Momma stem keeps the good china for herself

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As I explain in my book, “TELOMERE TIMEBOMBS: Defusing the Terror of Aging”, stemness is defined by two traits.¬† One is IMMORTALITY conferred mainly by telomerase activity maintaining the length of shortening telomeres, and the other is ASYMMETRIC DIVISION. That means the momma stem makes two copies, a perfect momma and a less-than-perfect, more differentiated daughter.¬† We have known those …