Short Telomeres Linked To Cancer15 years, 9 months ago
Posted on May 27, 2004, 12 p.m.
By Bill Freeman
EurekAlert reports on a convincing study linking shortened telomeres (the protective caps at the end of chromosomes) with cancer development. This makes sense, as short telomeres lead to genetic damage and - usually - cell death, or cellular senescence as it is properly known. In the normal course of events, shortening telomeres act as timers for cell life span, ensuring that old cells are replaced in a timely fashion.
View the Article Under Discussion: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2004-05/jhmi-scl052604.php
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