Each time our cells divide, the protective caps that keep our chromosomes from fraying, called telomeres, lose a bit of their DNA. Telomeres shorten steadily as we age, but in certain medical conditions like dyskeratosis congenita, the process is accelerated. “Your telomeres determine your lifeline; how long they are determines how old your body is,” ... Read More about Playing the long game: An exciting discovery in telomere disease
For years, Donna Martin carried a piece of scrap paper with the words “dyskeratosis congenita,” which she believed might explain her son Brad’s sudden, mysterious affliction. A routine blood test had revealed Brad’s bone marrow was failing, unable to keep up with his need for healthy blood cells. His condition, Donna knew, would worsen over ... Read More about A drug treatment for telomere diseases?
When Mason Langlais argues with his sister, Jillian, he regularly repeats a mantra. “I’m the rare one,” he says. “So, you can’t treat me like this.” “Rare” and “one in a million” — those are just a few of the words his mom, Jenn, uses to describe her 7-year-old self-proclaimed super hero. It’s how she ... Read More about Not all heroes wear capes: Taking on dyskeratosis congenita