Most of us accept that aging and eventually death are just the inevitable prices we pay for being alive in the first place – but maybe there’s a way to skip out on the bill.

Anti-aging research has long focused on DNA structures known as telomeres, which have been directly linked to cell longevity. Now scientists at Arizona State University have discovered a new way to potentially supercharge the mechanism, which may help keep this “molecular clock” – and by extension, ourselves – running better for longer.