3 posts tagged alcohol
Researchers at Tel Aviv University have determined that certain beverages alter the length of the copy and repair accessories at the ends of our DNA, known as telomeres. Although the role of telomeres is not completely understood it is believed shorter telomeres are associated with cancer risk (doi: 10.1002/ajhb.21127). The Tel Aviv researchers studied yeast that has many of the same genes as humans. They identified 400 genes that work together to determine telomere length. Many environmental stresses were imparted on the genes with no effect on telomere length. However, when the genes were exposed to a low concentration caffeine they shortened and when they were exposed to alcohol they lengthened (doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1003721).
My poor little telomeres must be exhausted, yo-yo’ing between the coffee induced shortening of the morning and the alcohol encouraged lengthening of the evening. But, hey, at least it all balances out.
I read about this research at Science Daily. Check it out!
We all know that three alcoholic beverages in 30 minutes is going to lead to inebriation, but that is so darn hard to remember after the consumption of one alcoholic beverage. Problem solved. An MIT student has invented a digital ice cubes which tells you when you have had too much and texts your friends that you need a ride.
I have to agree with the comments on this post. What is the point? Although if they are looking for people to test the drugs efficacy I will happily volunteer - fingers crossed for the placebo.