So we suspected that chronic CMV infection ages us but we only conprehended that the immune system burns out fighting it. Until this paper, we didn’t realize that it also steals the healthy gene transciption factors that the host cell needs to stabilize its telomers. It’s a double whammy.
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.