Telomere length reflects phenotypic quality and costs of reproduction in a long-lived seabird.

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Telomere length is associated with cellular senescence, lifestyle and ageing. Short telomeres indicate poor health in humans and reduced life expectancy in several bird species, but little is known about telomeres in relation to phenotypic quality in wild animals. We investigated telomere lengths in erythrocytes of known-age common terns (Sterna hirundo), a… (More)
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.2540

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@article{Bauch2013TelomereLR, title={Telomere length reflects phenotypic quality and costs of reproduction in a long-lived seabird.}, author={Christina Bauch and Peter H. Becker and Simon Verhulst}, journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences}, year={2013}, volume={280 1752}, pages={20122540} }