[GRG] Telomere Testing from TeloMe

To Members and Friends of the Los Angeles Gerontology
Research Group:This just
in from Dr. Pete Estep… — Steve Coles
Dear Life-Extensionist Friends
and Colleagues,
TeloMe?s Indiegogo Crowd-Funding and Crowd-Sourcing Campaign for
telomere analysis will end tonight at Midnight PDT (link to the
http://igg.me/at/telome/x/2475821). We’re very close to our $15,000
mini-goal; if we reach it by Campaign?s end, everyone who purchased a
Basic Test will have the option to upgrade to the Premium Test (now on
Indiegogo for $299 and going up to $349) for only $99 per test. The
Premium Test provides lengths of individual telomeres and the proportion
of short telomeres, while the Basic Test provides a measure of average
length. For those managing telomere length with supplements (such as
TA-65) or other therapies, the Premium Test is strongly recommended over
the Basic Test.Our
campaign has been incredibly timely. Countless publications over the past
10+ years have shown that short telomeres are strongly associated with
many health risks, but during just the few weeks of our campaign
extremely compelling evidence was published in the most prestigious
scientific journals showing three very important findings:

Short telomeres aren’t only a marker for age-related declining
health, they are a common cause. Multiple, extremely common genetic
variants (many or most people carry them) reduce telomere length by the
equivalent of [2 – 4] years per variant. [1]

Short telomeres undermine health in people as young as their 20’s.

Telomere lengths shorten at the same rates across various adult
tissues, suggesting that saliva-based telomere measurements are a good
proxy for tissues generally, and further validating previous findings
that they are equivalent to telomere analyses from blood. [3]

Despite these important advances, the analysis technologies used in most
previous studies have serious limitations and questions remain about
which aspects of telomere length are the most important determinants of
health. TeloMe?s unparalleled analysis technologies will help to clarify
remaining uncertainties, and we are pleased that so many have joined with
us to discover more about their own telomeres and to better quantify the
role of telomeres in health.Again, our
Indiegogo Campaign ends tonight. After the campaign ends telomere
analyses and upgrades will be available on the TeloMe.com website, but
prices will be going up. We want to extend one final thank you to all of
the campaign?s supporters, and we look forward to providing you with the
highest quality telomere length data.
To your long-term health,
The TeloMe teamRefs.:
1. Identification
of seven loci affecting mean telomere length and their association with
disease. Codd V, et al. Nature Genetics. 2013 Apr;45(4):422-7.
PMID: 2353573.
2. Association
between telomere length and experimentally induced upper respiratory
viral infection in healthy adults. Cohen S, et al. JAMA. 2013
Feb 20;309(7):699-705. PMID: 23423415.
3. Telomeres
shorten at equivalent rates in somatic tissues of adults. Daniali L,
et al. Nature Communications. 2013 Mar 19;4:1597. PMID:

— Preston (Pete) Estep, Ph.D., TeloMe CEO and Chief
Scientific Officer

L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Founder
Los Angeles Gerontology Research GroupURL:
E-mail: scoles@grg.orgE-mail:


About Johnny Adams

My full-time commitment is to slow and ultimately reverse age related functional decline to increase healthy years of life. I’ve been active in this area since the 1970s, steadily building skills and accomplishments. I have a good basic understanding of the science of aging, and have many skills that complement those of scientists so they can focus on science to advance our shared mission. Broad experience Top skills: administration, management, information technology (data and programming), communications, writing, marketing, market research and analysis, public speaking, forging ethical win-win outcomes among stakeholders (i.e. high level "selling"). Knowledge in grant writing, fundraising, finance. Like most skilled professionals, I’m best described as a guy who defines an end point, then figures out how to get there. I enjoy the conception, design, execution and successful completion of a grand plan. Executive Director Gerontology Research Group (GRG). Manages Email discussion forum, web site, meetings and oversees supercentenarian (oldest humans, 110+ years) research. CEO / Executive Director Carl I. Bourhenne Medical Research Foundation (Aging Intervention Foundation), an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit. http://www.AgingIntervention.org Early contributor to Supercentenarian Research Foundation. Co-Founder Geroscience Healthspan Forum. Active contributor to numerous initiatives to increase healthy years of life. Co-authored book on conventional, practical methods available today to slow the processes of aging – nutrition, exercise, behavior modification and motivation, stress reduction, proper supplementation, damage caused by improper programs, risk reduction and others. Fundamental understanding of, and experience in the genomics of longevity (internship analyzing and curating longevity gene papers). Biological and technical includes information technology, software development and computer programming, bioinformatics and protein informatics, online education, training programs, regulatory, clinical trials software, medical devices (CAT scanners and related), hospital electrical equipment testing program. Interpersonal skills – good communication, honest, well liked, works well in teams or alone. Real world experience collaborating in interdisciplinary teams in fast paced organizations. Uses technology to advance our shared mission. Education: MBA 1985 University of Southern California -- Deans List, Albert Quon Community Service Award (for volunteering with the American Longevity Association and helping an elderly lady every other week), George S. May Scholarship, CA State Fellowship. BA psychology, psychobiology emphasis 1983 California State University Fullerton Physiological courses as well as core courses (developmental, abnormal etc). UCLA Psychobiology 1978, one brief but fast moving and fulfilling quarter. Main interest was the electrochemical basis of consciousness. Also seminars at the NeuroPsychiatric Institute. Other: Ongoing conferences, meetings and continuing education. Aging, computer software and information technology. Some molecular biology, biotech, bio and protein informatics, computer aided drug design, clinical medical devices, electronics, HIPAA, fundraising through the Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals. Previous careers include: Marketing Increasing skill set and successes in virtually all phases, with valuable experience in locating people and companies with the greatest need and interest in a product or service, and sitting across the table with decision makers and working out agreements favorable to all. Information Technology: Management, data analysis and programming in commercial and clinical trials systems, and bioinformatics and protein informatics. As IT Director at Newport Beach, CA based technology organization Success Family of Continuing Education Companies, provided online software solutions for insurance and financial professionals in small to Fortune 500 size companies. We were successful with lean team organization (the slower moving competition was unable to create similar software systems). Medical devices: At Omnimedical in Paramount CA developed and managed quality assurance dept. and training depts. for engineers, physicians and technicians. Designed hospital equipment testing program for hospital services division. In my early 20’s I was a musician, and studied psychology and music. Interned with the intention of becoming a music therapist. These experiences helped develop valuable skills used today to advance our shared mission of creating aging solutions.
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