Is it true that if we can figure out the way to preserve human telomeres, we could increase longevity?
No. Although it’s not confirmed, Dr. Nir Barzilai states that he doesn’t think the length of telomeres are the major cause of longevity. Using rodents as an example, if you increase their lengths, most of them will develop cancer. If you shorten them, they don’t age— at least not in the first generation.