Telomeres, aging, and plants: from weeds to Methuselah - a mini-review.

  title={Telomeres, aging, and plants: from weeds to Methuselah - a mini-review.},
  author={Jaclyn M. Watson and Karel Riha},
  volume={57 2},
The process of aging affects most, if not all, living creatures, from single celled yeast to multi-cellular mammals and plants. The DNA end-replication problem along with the tissue-limited expression of telomerase led to the telomere hypothesis of aging, where limits on cellular proliferation are genetically encoded in the lengths of a cell's telomeres. Support for this hypothesis has been found in several organisms, from worms to mice to humans. While development, and therefore the process of… CONTINUE READING