A meta-analytic review of the effects of mindfulness meditation on telomerase activity

@article{Schutte2014AMR,
  title={A meta-analytic review of the effects of mindfulness meditation on telomerase activity},
  author={Nicola S. Schutte and John M. Malouff},
  journal={Psychoneuroendocrinology},
  year={2014},
  volume={42},
  pages={45-48}
}

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