Team finds that telomere length can have a direct correlation to heart failure in humans

Team finds that telomere length can have a direct correlation to heart failure in humans

Posted by: on Sep 7, 2017 | No Comments

Each cell in the average human body contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, with four telomeres on each pair. While there is a length range for classifying a healthy telomere, researchers found, for the first time ever, that people with heart failure have shorter telomeres within the cells that make up the heart muscle (known as cardiomyocytes).

Scientists create mice with hyper-long telomeres without altering the genes

Scientists create mice with hyper-long telomeres without altering the genes

Posted by: on Jun 2, 2016 | No Comments

The Telomeres and Telomerase Group at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), in collaboration with the Centre’s Transgenic Mice Core Unit, has succeeded in creating mice in the laboratory with hyper-long telomeres and with reduced molecular ageing, avoiding the use of what to date has been the standard method: genetic manipulation.

Why stress of divorce could make you age more quickly: Breakups, bereavements and unemployment can make body’s genetic material deteriorate prematurely

Why stress of divorce could make you age more quickly: Breakups, bereavements and unemployment can make body’s genetic material deteriorate prematurely

Posted by: on Sep 24, 2015 | No Comments

It is one of the most stressful experiences faced by many. But divorce may have a lot more than emotional and financial costs – it could also damage the DNA of those going through it.

Longer telomere length associated with increased lung cancer risk

Longer telomere length associated with increased lung cancer risk

Posted by: on Sep 17, 2015 | No Comments

A large-scale genetic study of the links between telomere length and risk for five common cancers finds that long telomeres are associated with an increased risk of lung adenocarcinoma.

The melanoma killers lurking in the ‘fountain of youth’

The melanoma killers lurking in the ‘fountain of youth’

Posted by: on Aug 13, 2015 | No Comments

They have been dubbed the “fountain of youth”. Now scientists have shown that telomeres are also staging grounds for the deadliest skin cancers.