The key to keeping our cells healthy may be down to the enzyme telomerase. In this video we cover how telomerase helps maintain telomere length in our cells, and how this influences how our bodies age, and why we develop diseases like cancer. Over time, with each cell division, telomeres shorten. When telomeres are too […]
Video: How telomere shortening affects aging
Telomeres, in particular telomere length, have been shown to play a role in aging. In this video we explore how and why telomere shortening affects the aging process. Telomeres are unique structures of proteins and DNA, found on the ends of our chromosomes. Each time cells replicate, the number of DNA repeats making up our […]
Video: What are telomeres and how do they protect our cells?
What are telomeres? Telomeres are protective caps, found at the ends of our chromosomes. This is the first in a short series of videos where we explore telomeres, telomere length and telomerase, as well as the impact they have on our health and aging. Telomeres are thought to play a major role in aging by […]
RepeatDx confirmed as exhibitor for PFF Summit 2021
We are pleased to announce that RepeatDx will be exhibiting at the PFF Summit 2021. After a very positive experience at the last PFF Summit in 2019, we are looking forward to joining the PFF Summit 2021, November 8-13, participating in the virtual exhibit hall. The Summit is the PFF’s sixth biennial health care conference […]
Guest blog: The CPFF are honouring those touched by pulmonary fibrosis during Awareness Month
This guest blog, from Sharon Lee, Executive Director at CPFF, is to mark Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month this September. Find out what the organization is doing to raise awareness and how you can show your support. Throughout the month of September, the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (CPFF) is sharing the stories of those living with […]
Guest blog: A Patient’s Guide to Participating in Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month
Ahead of Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month, which is marked every September, Laura Devitt, Director, Programs at Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation kindly shared the below information about getting involved. Every September, those who have been impacted by pulmonary fibrosis (PF) unite for Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month (PFAM). Melissa King, a PFF Ambassador from New York, has participated in […]
How do telomeres affect cancer?
Telomeres shorten as we age and the risk of cancer increases as we get older; here we explore some ways telomeres affect cancer risk. Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and with rates of many cancers increasing year on year, it is a priority research area in terms of improving understanding, diagnosis and […]
Telomeres and aging
Telomere length is often considered a biological marker for aging and has been linked to cell lifespan, as well as certain diseases. Here we take a closer look at the relationship between telomeres and aging. What is a telomere? A telomere is a repetitive chain of DNA repeats found on the end of our chromosomes. […]
Why do telomeres shorten?
Telomeres play an important role in protecting our chromosomes, but as we age, they decrease in length. In this blog we explore how and why telomeres shorten. Telomere structure Human telomeres are made up of thousands of repeats of the same DNA sequence (TTAGGG), bound by a special set of proteins called shelterin. They are […]
Research update: telomeres and COVID-19
Since the COVID-19 global pandemic was declared by World Health Organization in March 2020 there has been a large amount of research conducted and published. Here we examine a couple of recent studies that have been conducted into telomeres and COVID-19. Short telomeres and COVID-19 A study conducted in Belgium, published in Aging, set out […]