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Lobsters Won't Save Us, But They Might Help

Lobsters Won't Save Us, But They Might Help

A professor at U.T. Health Science Center in Houston says we might learn from lobster research, but they won’t make us live forever.

Microbiologist Kevin Morano says lobsters aren't really biologically immortal, as a British researcher suggests, but they do age much slower than human beings.  Lobsters do seem to produce a lot of an enzyme called telomerase, which rejuvenates cells.

“We might actually be able to get insights into how our own cells age by looking at bizarre situations like the lobster,” he explains.

Morano says controlling that enzyme could help us combat cancer

“If we had a drug that turned telomerase off, and we could shoot it at the cancer cells,” Morano says, “we would stop them from being a problem.  And, if we could turn it on we could perhaps extend the youthful lifespan of our own cells.”

 

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