How do telomeres affect cancer?

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

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. […]

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 […]

3 benefits of a 6-panel telomere test

Benefits of a 6-panel telomere test

RepeatDx offers both 2- and 6-panel tests, here we outline some of the advantages of ordering the 6-panel telomere test. What telomere length tests are available? There are a range of telomere length tests available, however, the clinical laboratory at RepeatDx conducts specialist Flow FISH telomere testing (fluorescence in situ hybridization with flow cytometry). This […]

Why do we need telomeres?

Why do we need telomeres?

Over the past 30 years we have learned a lot about telomeres, including what they are and where they are found. In this blog we will discuss why exactly we need telomeres and the important processes that they have a role in. What are telomeres made of? Telomeres are repetitive DNA sequences found at the […]

Guest blog: Genetic Counselor Katie discusses important considerations when testing for a Telomere Biology Disorder

Katie Bergstrom, Genetic Counselor talks testing for telomere biology disorders

Katie Bergstrom, a Genetic Counselor based in Seattle, kindly shares a guest blog discussing some important considerations for both individuals and families when testing for Telomere Biology Disorders. Telomere biology disorders (TBDs) are hereditary conditions characterized by disorders related to telomere maintenance. You can learn more about TBDs in this dedicated blog. TBDs can be […]

What is telomerase?

What is telomerase?

Telomerase is an enzyme whose main function is the maintenance of telomeres. Here we examine what the purpose of telomerase is and the impact when it doesn’t work as it should. What is telomerase? Telomeres are the protective caps found at the end of our chromosomes and they act by preventing damage or fusion with […]

15 Facts about RepeatDx to Celebrate our 15th Anniversary

RepeatDx 15th anniversary

RepeatDx was established in British Columbia, Canada in May 2005. Fifteen years on, as we celebrate our anniversary, we wanted to take a moment to share some quick telomere testing facts. RepeatDx telomere testing facts Dr Peter Lansdorp developed the Flow FISH telomere testing protocol RepeatDx was established as a spin-off from his lab at […]