Latest Telomere Stories
Every cell in the body has chromosomes with so-called telomeres, which are shortened over time and also through lifestyle choices such as smoking and obesity.
Researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, have discovered the crucial role of two proteins in developing a cell 'anti-enzyme shield'.
An inherited mutation in a gene known as the guardian of the genome is likely the link between exploding chromosomes and some particularly aggressive types of cancer, scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) and the University Hospital, all in Heidelberg, Germany, have discovered.
Telomeres, the very ends of chromosomes, become shorter as we age.
A new study has found a possible predictor of lifespan. According to researchers at the University of Glasgow in England, the link lies in the telomeres that are located on an individual’s DNA.
Researchers have revealed how a molecule called telomerase contributes to the control of the integrity of our genetic code, and when it is involved in the deregulation of the code, its important role in the development of cancer.
Shortening end caps on chromosomes in human cervical cancer cells disrupts DNA repair signaling, increases the cells’ sensitivity to radiation treatment and kills them more quickly.
A cell's genome maintains its integrity by organizing some of its regions into a super-compressed form of DNA called heterochromatin.
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