Telomeres as age markers in vertebrate molecular ecology.

  title={Telomeres as age markers in vertebrate molecular ecology.},
  author={Glenn Dunshea and Deborah A. Duffield and Nick J. Gales and Mark A Hindell and Randall S Wells and Simon N. Jarman},
  journal={Molecular ecology resources},
  volume={11 2},
Chronological age is a fundamental and yet elusive variable in studies of many wild animals. Telomeres are nucleoprotein structures on the ends of chromosomes that change size throughout the life of many animals and because of this property have been advocated as a means to estimate age. In this review, we assess the existing and potential application of using telomeres for age estimation. We argue that there are conceptual and statistical inconsistencies in previous studies and that the basis… CONTINUE READING
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