Telomeric associations in cigarette smokers exposed to low levels of X-rays.

Telomeric association (TA), i.e. fusion of chromosomes by their telomeres, predisposes a cell to genetic instability. Because of this we investigated the effect of X-rays exposure and cigarette smoking on the frequency of TA in peripheral blood lymphocytes of exposed individuals, in order to determine if TA can be a chromosomal marker in populations exposed… CONTINUE READING