Enzyme That Influences Aging, Cancer Decoded: Study

Enzyme That Influences Aging, Cancer Decoded: Study


Elated scientists announced Wednesday the completion of a 20-year quest to map the complex enzyme thought to forestall aging by repairing the tips of chromosomes in plants and animals, including humans.

Decoding the architecture of the enzyme, called telomerase, could lead to drugs that slow or block the aging process, along with new treatments for cancer, they reported in the journal Nature.

“It has been a long time coming,” lead investigator Kathleen Collins, a molecular biologist at the University of California in Berkley, said in a statement. > >> read more ...

Hip-Hop Music Influences Drug Use

Hip-Hop Music Influences Drug Use


Hip-hop music may be influencing black Americans to try the street drug molly, a new study suggests.

Molly — the powder or crystal form of ecstasy — is a stimulant and hallucinogenic.

University of South Florida researchers surveyed young black adults who said they’d tried molly. The investigators found that 82 percent of them said hip-hop music had influenced their decision to try the drug.

The researchers noted that many hip-hop songs promote the drug as a way to party and reduce sexual inhibitions without the risks that come with such drugs as heroin and crack. > >> read more ...

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