A new study came out in Nature about backwards-aging mice who had had their telomerase enzymes artificially lowered and then restored. Apparently, elevated levels of the stuff can make cells young again, reversing damage from hepatitis and alcoholism. Some say it could be the fountain of youth.
Teleomeres are the bits of DNA that protect cells, and telomerase is the enzyme associated with them. People with longer telomeres tend to live longer, healthier lives, whereas those with shorter telomeres suffer more from age-related diseases, such as diabetes, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.
It has also been implicated in both encouraging cancer and curing it...
Where does the Paleo community fall on this one? Also, if we want to increase this 'fountain-of-youth-enzyme' are there ways to get more of it from our diet?