In the second of three interviews with Bill Andrews at the 2016 AMMG, we discuss the Henrietta Lacks (or HeLa) cervical cancer cells commonly used in cell research. Dr. Andrews also discusses why telomere erosion is less a factor in mice aging.
This is the conclusion of our interview with Telomere expert, Dr. Sandy Chang, MD, PhD from Yale University. He was interviewed by Dr. Ed Park at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Conference in 2014.
In this segment, Dr. Chang discusses the science linking shortened telomeres to cancer formation with an emphasis on his area of expertise, the SHELTERIN complex that protects the telomere itself.
In this first segment, Dr. Chang explains that we really don’t know what the normal human birth endowment of telomere length is and we then discuss why lab mice have abnormally long telomeres and are therefore not a good model to study our aging.