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Experts in the News: Austad, Barzilai, and Olshansky on Telomere home testing BACK
On February 8, 2017, a WCBS New York segment featured expert commentary by AFAR Scientific Director Steven Austad, PhD; Deputy Scientific Director and multiple AFAR grantee Nir Barzilai, MD; and board member Jay Olshansky, PhD.
Produced by CBS medical correspondant Max Gomez, PhD, the segment explores a new home telomere test that has entered the market to monitor your cellular age as a predictor of chronological aging or health.
AFAR experts explain the complexity of telomeres and caution against the novelty of such tests.
Watch the clip here.
Steven Austad, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor and Department Chair at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
Nir Barzilai, MD, is the Director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Human Aging Research and of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging.
S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Research Associate at the Center on Aging at the University of Chicago and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Learn more about telomeres in AFAR’s expert-edited InfoAging Guide to Telomeres and Telomerase.