Telomere Testing Comes Home

Telomere Testing Comes Home

Ever wondered how long your telomeres are? A new home testing kit may be able to tell you! “Titanovo Inc. is pleased to announce it has launched its at-home, saliva-based telomere testing kit. The test also provides researchers with anonymous health information which may play a key role in future medical breakthroughs. The data will…

Telomere Research and Gene Expression

Telomere Research and Gene Expression

New research done by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Jerry W. Shay and Woodring Wright shows that telomeres act as more than just buffers and alter gene expression. “Previous work had shown that genes near telomeres are repressed. Shay says that he and his colleagues began to suspect that telomeres were regulating more than…

Telomeres Affected by Major News Events

Telomeres Affected by Major News Events

Major tragic news events may affect our telomere length, according to a finding that was inadvertently discovered while studying whether air pollution had an effect on telomeres. “The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks coincided with a decline in heart health among Utahans, according to a study by the Intermountain Heart Institute. Researchers analyzed blood samples from Utah…

Telomere Research on African Turquoise Killifish

Telomere Research on African Turquoise Killifish

You may not think that the African Turquoise Killifish has much in common with a human, but telomere researchers think it does! “The life span of the tiny fish can be measured in months, not years, and it does everything quickly: hatch, mature, breed and even age. It’s an example of life on extreme fast-forward.…

Telomeres and Pregnancy

Telomeres and Pregnancy

Have you ever heard a pregnant woman say she is “eating for two?”  It turns out, that is not the healthiest attitude for a pregnant mother to have, especially regarding the child’s telomeres. “But experts have warned overeating during this crucial period can increase the risk of the baby later developing health problems.  Women who…

Telomeres and Anxiety Disorders

Telomeres and Anxiety Disorders

People with anxiety disorders tend to have shorter telomeres, but new research suggests that treatment can reverse that process. “One difference stood out among people who had a history of an anxiety disorder, though: Those whose symptoms had improved for less than 10 years had shorter telomeres than those who’d been better for 10 years…

Telomeres and Lung Disease

Telomeres and Lung Disease

Not surprisingly, new research has detected a connection between telomeres and lung disease. “‘When we are born, our telomeres are longer. As you get older, they shorten,’ said Alder, an assistant professor of physiology and developmental biology at BYU. ‘What we have found is that if you look at individuals with lung disease, they have…

Telomeres and Minor Malaria Infections

Telomeres and Minor Malaria Infections

A recent study has shown that minor malaria infections without symptoms can still lead to premature aging in infected migratory birds by shortening their telomeres. “‘If this is a general mechanism for any type of mild, chronic infection, which is quite possible, it will mean our study is of major interest to understand the impact…

Telomeres and hTERT Promoter

Telomeres and hTERT Promoter

New research done by the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center have pinpointed mutations which occur at four specific areas in the hTERT promoter, present in more than seventy-five percent of glioblastomas (highly invasive brain tumors) and melanomas. “Telomerase is an enzyme largely responsible for the promotion of cell division. Within DNA, telomerase…