Age-independent telomere length predicts fitness in two bird species.

@article{Pauliny2006AgeindependentTL,
  title={Age-independent telomere length predicts fitness in two bird species.},
  author={Angela Pauliny and R. Harrison Wagner and Jakob Augustin and Tibor Sz{\'e}p and Donald Blomqvist},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2006},
  volume={15 6},
  pages={
          1681-7
        }
}
Telomeres are dynamic DNA-protein structures that form protective caps at the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes. Although initial telomere length is partly genetically determined, subsequent accelerated telomere shortening has been linked to elevated levels of oxidative stress. Recent studies show that short telomere length alone is insufficient to induce cellular senescence; advanced attrition of these repetitive DNA sequences does, however, reflect ageing processes. Furthermore, telomeres vary… CONTINUE READING
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