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 […]
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Why order a telomere test?
With research and clinical applications for telomere length measurements increasing we discuss some situations when it may be helpful for physicians or researchers to order a telomere test. There are many situations in which telomere length measurements can be helpful, both in clinical care and in research settings. For the former, telomere test results can […]
Should telomere length be tested before a stem cell transplant?
Stem cell transplants save lives; but should doctors be considering donor telomere length ahead of a transplant, and if so, why? What is a stem cell transplant and why are they needed? Stem cell transplants (SCTs) involve collecting cells from the blood stream or bone marrow and delivering them to the recipient’s blood by transfusion. […]