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Telomere shortening helps prevent cancer in humans – News-Medical.Net

As time goes by, the tips of your chromosomes–called telomeres–become shorter. This process has long been viewed as an unwanted side-effect of aging, but a recent…

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As time goes by, the tips of your chromosomes–called telomeres–become shorter. This process has long been viewed as an unwanted side-effect of aging, but a recent study shows it is in fact good for you.
Telomeres protect the genetic material. The DNA in telomeres shortens when cells divide, eventually halting cell division when the telomere reserve is depleted.”
Titia de Lange, Leon Hess Professor, Rockefeller University
New results from de Lange’s lab provide the first evidence that telomere…

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