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    The third recent revolution in science and medicine came with the discovery of telomeres and the enzyme telomerase that repairs the telomeres. Telomeres are structures at the ends of all of our chromosomes that are necessary for our cells to divide. The telomeres shorten a bit with each cell division, and over time, when they are completely gone, the cell can no longer replicate. This work was recognized by a Nobel Prize in 2009 to Elizabeth Blackburn of the University of California, San Fransisco, and others. After discovering that stress shortens telomeres, she and her colleagues began to investigate the effects of mindfulness and other meditative practices on protecting against…

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