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Forget Oil of Olay. Science may have found a new way to cure wrinkles. Permanently. Peering into our bodies at the cellular level, scientists have found a possible key to extending life, perhaps indefinitely. There are little caps on the end of our chromosomes called telomeres that get shorter every time the cell divides until they dwindle to nothing. (It’s like jeans unraveling at the ends: After so many washes, you run out of jeans.) Telomerase, a normally inactive catalyst in our bodies, actually lengthens the ends, extending the potential for cell division and, therefore, life. Introducing an active telomerase gene might mean an end to aging. Could we have found what Ponce de León was looking for? Where are we all going to fit? Dr. Calvin Harley and Dr. Judith Campisi present the facts on cell longevity research at 6 p.m. at the Smithsonian Institution’s Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. $13. (202) 357-3030. (Liz Eckstein)