Please welcome fellow sci-fi author and blogger at The Writer Limits, Amber Norris! She’s talking about one of my favorite subjects: Genetics!
And we’re continuing my part of the Crossover Event hosted by The Writer Limits. Last week I was over at Jennifer Hartz’s blog introducing myself and my crossover theme of building a science fiction concept: specifically the science of immortality. Today I’m over here at P. I. blog to continue the crossover series. So, to catch us all up, it started with a dream and then I did some research and found my magical telomeres. Yes, yes, those were EXACTLY what I needed! (You can read that initial post HERE.) But, what are telomeres anyways? The simplest definition is they are the repeated DNA caps at the ends of our chromosomes…like the plastic covering at the ends of shoelaces. These little tips are replenished by an enzyme called telomerase to help keep those chromosomes healthy and intact. The telomere tips don’t last though, shortening each cycle and causing us to age. Telomere scientists nickname the process the “genetic time clock”. And when the clock runs out you can’t just replace the battery. It’s the end of that cell. The DNA in this telomere area are the biological indicators or health in our bodies and in a cool twist, the only active part of our genetic makeup that can be influenced by non-genetic factors like diet, behavior, and whatnot. Pretty groovy huh? These little guys are perfect for my Captain Noah Bonney and her immortal race! They are interactive, controllable and the scientists are already drooling over them as the “cure to aging”. Imagine, now they’re putting in telomere enhancing in facial creams, performing telomere health assessments, and testing telomere lengthening as a way to extend life spans. What will the telomere research bring us in 30 years, 300 years, or 3000 years? There are some significant challenges to telomeres as an “aging cure”, not to mention the moral barriers of seeing aging as a disease to even be cured. These include…oh, oh, wait. No, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’ll save the challenges and “eek” side of telomeres in the next post. Next week, specifically July 24th, I’ll continue the crossover trail at TWL buddy Tami Dee’s blog. On that post, I’ll list all the headaches telomere brought me and how I decided to deal with them. In the meantime, here’s the novel summary of The Telomere Trilogy’s first book, Revelations of Tomorrow: Revelations of Tomorrow (Telomere Trilogy #1) Summary The crew of Daring Star salvages a load capsule and finds the beaten body of Jetta McCree. Turns out Jetta’s discovered her employer has developed a biochemical droplet and is contracted with terrorists to manufacture on a large scale. Captain Noah Bonney fights off corporate security forces, her ex-husband’s pirate fleets, and carnivorous beasts to keep the young woman safe and transport her to the safety of the Imperial Home Port. But the adventure brings to surface demons Noah’s been suppressing and secrets from her people’s history she’s tried to forget. Now, she must face them if she’s to reconcile with her daughter and keep the love of her life from leaving. With 450 years under her belt and nothing but eternity ahead of her, she’s built a thick shell…one she’s not sure she can break.
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