Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn

& Dr. Elissa Epel

Authors of the best-selling book "The Telomere Effect"

Have you wondered why some sixty-year-olds look and feel like forty-year-olds and why some forty-year-olds look and feel like sixty-year-olds? While many factors contribute to aging and illness, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn discovered a biological indicator called telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres, which protect our genetic heritage. Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel's research shows that the length and health of one's telomeres are a biological underpinning of the long-hypothesized mind-body connection. They and other scientists have found that changes we can make to our daily habits can protect our telomeres and increase our health spans (the number of years we remain healthy, active, and disease-free).

Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn & Dr. Elissa Epel
Microbiologist and Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn is best known for her pioneering study of the nature of telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes, which are linked to a host of age-related illnesses, from cancer to heart disease. Join her and leading health psychologist Elissa Epel for a fascinating discussion about The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer, their new book that explores the role of telomeres in the aging process, and what we can do to improve and lengthen our telomeres to keep us vital and disease-free.
YouTube Video discussion on aging