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Are Telomeres the Key to Aging and Cancer?

 Lee J. Siegel
  3rd-Feb-2010
Description: Our genes carry the inherited blueprint that makes us what we are. Inside the center or nucleus of a cell, the genes are located on twisted, double-stranded molecules of DNA called chromosomes. At the ends of the chromosomes are stretches of DNA called telomeres, which protect our genetic data, make it possible for cells to divide and hold some secrets to how we age and get cancer. Telomeres prevent chromosome ends from fraying and sticking to each other, which would…
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Category: Biology
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Are Telomeres the Key to Aging and Cancer?

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Are Telomeres the Key to Aging and Cancer?

Fluorescence-stained chromosomes (red) on a microscope slide. Telomere sequences (yellow) reside at the ends of each chromosome.

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