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The Telomere Buzz

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Tue, Jul 06, 2010 @ 10:33 AM

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Last year, the Nobel Prize Peace Prize for Medicine was awarded for the research surrounding telomeres and telomerase. Numerous new studies are being published demonstrating the important relationship between telomeres and one's health.To summarize these studies; when telomeres are short, people have a greater risk for age-related problems. People with longer telomeres should age well and live longer. Even though the importance of measuring telomere length is being debated, the evidence is mounting, and arguments supporting telomeres as a marker of health are becoming stronger. Scientists and doctors are acknowledging the importance of measuring telomeres in order to determine biological and cellular age.

For those who are still concerned about the possibility that telomerase activation might promote cancer, the link below features the abstract of the article published this week in JAMA:

"Telomere Length and Risk of Incident Cancer and Cancer Mortality"

Based on the clinical information surrounding telomeres, have you or are you considering adding Telomere Testing to your patient protocol. If so, what treatment strategies are you utilizing?

Topics: telomere length, telomere, telomere test, telomere and cancer