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"I've seen every Tarzan ever made, twice. I get the picture."
― James "Logan" Howlett/Wolverine to Gahck (Marvel Comics)

The power to restore one's telomeres to their optimal lengths. Sub-power of DNA Manipulation and Regenerative Healing Factor. Opposite to Telomere Reduction.

Also Called

  • Telomere Extension/Lengthening/Regrowth/Rejuvenation

Capabilities

The user can regenerate the length of their telomeres. Telomeres are a region of repetitive nucleotide sequences at each end of a chromatid, protecting the DNA fragments; they grow shorter as cell division occurs, an indication of the person getting older. By regenerating the lengths of telomeres, one can extend their own lifespan indefinitely.

Applications

Associations

Limitations

  • Unless they also have Regenerative Healing Factor, the user cannot increase the rate of regeneration of cells, so any injuries will not heal any faster than normal.
  • May also preserve damaged/cancerous cells.
  • User is still vulnerable to other causes of aging (e.g. oxidative damage of the mitochondria), as well as Age Manipulation.
  • Biological Manipulation can negate this power.
  • May be temporary, or need to be consciously activated.

Known Users

Anime/Manga

  • Tenzen Yakushiji (Basilisk)
  • Joujin (Basilisk)
  • Creed Diskenth (Black Cat)
  • Tomiko Asahina (From the New World)
  • Genkai (Yu Yu Hakusho)

Live Television

  • Stanton Parish (Alphas)
  • Adam Monroe (Heroes)
  • Claire Bennet (Heroes)

Video Games

  • Aya Brea (Parasite Eve)

Cartoons

  • Anais Gaia (RoboCop: Alpha Commando); via genetic level cellular control

Comics

Known Objects

  • Blood Orchids (Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid)
  • God's Breath (Black Cat)
  • Lazarus Pits (DC Comics)

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