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Another Bird Telomere Study, Different Results

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 21, 2018

Two studies examining the effects of parents’ ages on their offsprings’ telomere lengths come to opposite conclusions.  

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The findings contradict what has been observed in humans.  

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Researchers find that while bats in the Myotis genus don’t produce telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens telomeres, they possess 21 telomere maintenance–related genes.

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image: Telomere Length and Childhood Stress Don’t Always Correlate

Telomere Length and Childhood Stress Don’t Always Correlate

By Katarina Zimmer | November 17, 2017

Shorter telomere length is widely considered a manifestation of stress in young children, but the results of a new study find it’s more complicated than that.  

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image: Early-Life Stress Affects Telomeres Later

Early-Life Stress Affects Telomeres Later

By Anna Azvolinsky | October 3, 2016

An accumulation of stressful events in childhood is associated with shorter telomeres as a person ages, researchers report. 

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image: Exercise Boosts Telomere Transcription

Exercise Boosts Telomere Transcription

By Anna Azvolinsky | July 27, 2016

Endurance exercise and metabolism are linked to transcriptional activation of human telomeres, researchers propose.

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image: First Data from Anti-Aging Gene Therapy

First Data from Anti-Aging Gene Therapy

By Kerry Grens | April 25, 2016

A biotech company reports that an experimental treatment elongated its CEO’s telomeres. 

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Genome Digest

By Catherine Offord | January 8, 2016

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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Telomerase Overdrive

By Ashley P. Taylor | January 1, 2016

Two mutations in a gene involved in telomere extension reverse the gene’s epigenetic silencing.

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image: Another Telomere-Regulating Enzyme Found

Another Telomere-Regulating Enzyme Found

By Jef Akst | November 12, 2015

Researchers identify a novel protein that helps maintain the length of chromosome-capping telomeres. 

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