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Comments by Jerry Shay, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

END RUN: Texas' Jerry Shay, left and Woody Wright developed a telomerase activity assay.
Although telomeres-the tips of chromosomes-have been studied since the early part of this century, it wasn't until a few years ago that the field really took off (R. Lewis, The Scientist, Feb. 19, 1996, page 12). This paper, published in December 1994, describes a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based assay for measuring the activity of telomerase, the enzyme that controls telomere length. But more important, according to Jerry Shay, a professor of cell biology and neuroscience at the University...

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