Genetics

Unraveling the mystery of why cancer cells survive and thrive

Some cancer cells have a trick up their sleeve to avoid cell death: boosting maintenance of telomeres, the protective "end caps" on chromosomes, and a research team led by Jackson Laboratory (JAX) Professor Roel Verhaak reports ...

Medical research

Mother's BMI may affect the biological age of newborn babies

Higher BMI in mothers before pregnancy is associated with shorter telomere length - a biomarker for biological age - in newborns, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Medicine that involved 743 mothers ...

Medical research

TERRA, the RNAs that protect telomeres

Despite their especially compact and inaccessible structure, telomeres transcribe information like the rest of the DNA. The RNAs resulting from this process are called TERRA, and their function is essential in preserving ...

Medical research

Mouse study links heart regeneration to telomere length

Researchers at the Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research have discovered that the ends of heart muscle cell chromosomes rapidly erode after birth, limiting the cells' ability to proliferate and replace damaged ...

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