Liz Blackburn and the story of Telomeres

A biography of Liz Blackburn one of the pioneers in research on telomeres has been writtenThis describes her development in science form Melbourne to Cambridge and then California.She trained in the techniques of DNA analysis and then embarked on her studies of the chromosome ends, telomeres.Telomeres are important in ageing and possibly cancer. She transformed…

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Nutrition, telomere length and aging

Nutrition now and in the future is about understanding biological proceses and how the constituents of food may affect these processes. An obvious statement.A very interesting article in the Lancet ( Spyridopoulos and Dimmeler 2007 , 369, 81-2Can telomere length predict cardiovascular risk ? ) Telomeres—TTAGGG DNA are the repeats at the ends of chromosomes—and…

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