Our experience of the universe, our planet Earth, and the history of humankind continues to present unanswered questions and unresolved problems. If you were to choose one question or problem to investigate during your undergraduate years at Mason, what would it be? Why are you interested in the topic, what research do you wish to conduct during your studies concerning this, and what do you hope to gain from your inquiry?

Official time of death: 9:03 PM. Cause of death: Age.

Even if you live a healthy life and take plenty of vitamins, age will always be the final killer. However, recent studies have discovered a possible alternative to stretch life spans through an enzyme called telomerase. By altering the effects, it could seemingly be possible to immortalize cells by elongating the chromosomes. This could change mankind altogether.

However, the only stopping force is that the enzyme only affects certain cells, such as fetal tissues, adult germ cells, and tumor cells. When in other cells, the enzyme is invisible and doesn’t have much of an effect.

Growing up in a house complete with roughly 150 different species of reptiles my entire life, I’ve always had a passion for science. Discovering possible causes and solutions was constantly a new challenge on my agenda. My attention is devoted to two main topics: biology and psychology, creating my curiosity in the medical field. Therefore, learning possible ways to improve human life sparked my interest. Through intensive research I found out that age has plenty of environmental factors, like geography, living conditions, and health. For instance, the average male life expectancy in Japan is 83,...

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