It might be more real than not. Scientists working at the biotech giant Geron Corporation have isolated a molecule, TA-65, which has the ability to increase telomerase activity (It is important to note that his find has not been evaluated in published peer reviewed studies as of yet). This is an exciting breakthrough for telomerase is an enzyme that adds DNA sequence repeats to the 3′ end of DNA strands in the telomere regions, which are found at the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes. The telomeres contain condensed DNA material, giving stability to the chromosomes. These telomere DNA sequences shorten with every cell division thereby leading to the eventual aging of cells. Geron Corporation may have found the elixir of life.

Geron licensed the product as a nutritional supplement to bypass FDA approval. In 2007 a number of physicians have sold TA-65 pills and patients have reported enhanced athletic, visual, and cognitive performance. In order to give backing to these claims research showing TA-65 effects on density, immune function, and age-related biomarkers will be submitted for peer-reviewed publication this year. Geron is on the move, not only is the company on the cutting edge sustaining youth, they have another telomere therapy that promises to fight cancer, lets definitely keep an eye out on that one.