Telomeres and aging

Telomeres and aging blog

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?

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 […]

Guest Blog: Julian’s 4 stem cell transplants – his mom shares their story for Rare Disease Day

Julian's story of 4 stem cell transplants

To help raise awareness of rare disease dyskeratosis congenita, Julian’s mom Mayra has kindly shared his journey through 4 stem cell transplants this Rare Disease Day. At the age of 3, our son was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called, dyskeratosis congenita. We were really fortunate our search led us to the Jimmy Fund […]

What are short telomeres?

What are short telomeres?

In this blog we examine what short telomeres are and what short telomere syndromes can mean for certain individuals.   What are telomeres for? Our chromosomes need to be protected to prevent damage, or them fusing with other chromosomes. Telomeres are the protective structures found on the end of chromosomes. They are made up of thousands […]

Happy Holidays: RepeatDx closure dates

RepeatDx holiday closures

Please be aware of the RepeatDx holiday closure dates when shipping samples for telomere length testing. If you have any questions please contact us to discuss options. Holiday closure dates Wednesday 23 December Open Thursday 24 December Open Friday 25 December Closed Monday 28 December Closed Tuesday 29 December Open Wednesday 30 December Open Thursday […]

Guest blog: Heather shares her experience with IPF for PF Awareness Month

Heather shares her experience with IPF for PF Awareness Month

This Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month we have a guest blog from Heather, who is kindly sharing her experience with IPF to help raise awareness. IPF diagnosis I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) in February, 2013. I was 43 years old. My father and grandfather both passed from IPF so I knew there was […]

Guest blog: Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation launches Hope Breathes Here

Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Hope Breathes Here Awareness Month

This guest blog from the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation marks Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month and explains the events and activities they have coordinated for September. Register now for fun and informative activities during Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month Despite the pandemic, Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month this September may be the best ever from the Canadian Pulmonary […]