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Prog Mol Biol Transl Sci. 2014;125:113-31. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-397898-1.00005-0.

Telomeres in molecular epidemiology studies.

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  • 1Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.


Telomeres are long nucleotide repeats and protein complexes at the ends of chromosomes that are essential for maintaining chromosomal stability. They shorten with each cell division, and therefore, telomere length is a marker for cellular aging and senescence. Epidemiological research of telomeres investigates the role that these genetic structures have in disease risk and mortality in human populations. This chapter provides an overview of the current telomere epidemiology research and discusses approaches taken in these investigations. We also highlight important methodological considerations that may affect data interpretation.

© 2014 Published by Elsevier Inc.


Association studies; Epidemiology; Telomere; Telomere length

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