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Scientists identify first genetic variant linked to biological aging in humans

“What we studied are structures called telomeres which are parts of one’s chromosomes. Individuals are born with telomeres of certain length and in many cells telomeres shorten as the cells divide and age. Telomere length is therefore considered a marker of biological ageing.

“In this study what we found was that those individuals carrying a particular genetic variant had shorter telomeres i.e. looked biologically older. Given the association of shorter telomeres with age-associated diseases, the finding raises the question whether individuals carrying the variant are at greater risk of developing such diseases”

Good so far. Further on one of the researchers is a bit more cautious, suspecting a strong link between telomere length and a tendency toward premature aging. It does support our everyday experiences. Some people look and act much younger then others of the same age. Externals such as smoking, diet and exercise still play a role.

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U.S. soldier ‘waterboarded his own daughter, 4, because she couldn’t recite alphabet’

A soldier waterboarded his four-year-old daughter because she was unable to recite her alphabet.

Joshua Tabor admitted to police he had used the CIA torture technique because he was so angry.

As his daughter ‘squirmed’ to get away, Tabor said he submerged her face three or four times until the water was lapping around her forehead and jawline.

Bush 43 and his Vice-President says this is not torture, but rather an EIT(enhanced interrogation technique) and not against the law. While the majority of Americans think waterboarding is torture, ironically the majority of Americans are against an investigation into Bush era torture.

Police have not revealed Tabor’s military service, but his base is home to units that have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tabor has been charged with assault and ordered to remain on his base and have no contact with his daughter or girlfriend, who has not been named. He is due to appear in court this week.

Not by way of pleading for sympathy for this guy – who might be suffering from PTSD, but given his history he has been given some mixed signals from some of this country’s leaders and nationally televised pundits,

Why are they so insane about this? It’s not fatal. It doesn’t leave a lasting physical injury. Why are they so crazy?(emphasis mine)

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