Telomere testing sample preparation

Preparing samples for shipment to RepeatDx for Flow FISH telomere length testing is a simple process, here we run through the equipment needed and the main steps from preparation to shipment. What is needed for collecting a sample for telomere testing? There are no specific sample collection / shipping kits required for telomere testing at […]

Happy Holidays: RepeatDx closure dates

Happy Holidays from RepeatDx

Please be aware of the RepeatDx (North America) holiday closure dates when shipping samples for telomere length testing. If you have any questions please contact us to discuss options. Holiday closure dates Friday 24 December Open Monday 27 December Closed Tuesday 28 December Closed Wednesday 29 December Open Thursday 30 December Open Friday 31 December […]

Video: Techniques to measure telomere length

Flow FISH: measure telomere length

Accurately measuring telomere length is important for the diagnosis of telomere biology disorders, for research into how telomeres affect health span and aging, and their links to cancer. In this video we discuss a number of techniques to measure telomere length. Telomeres — the protective caps on the ends of our chromosomes — hold important […]

Video: How telomere length impacts cancer risk

Cancer risk and the telomere length paradox

People with either very short or very long telomeres are at increased risk of developing cancer – this is called the Telomere Length Paradox. In this video we discuss how telomere length can impact cancer risk. Telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of our chromosomes, can act as a defense mechanism to prevent tumor […]

Video: Telomere Biology Disorders explained

Short telomeres and Telomere Biology Disorders explained

Telomere Biology Disorders (TBDs) are also known as Short Telomere Syndromes or telomeropathies. This video explores what causes TBDs and how they can impact people’s health. Telomere Biology Disorders (TBDs) are characterized by genetic deficits affecting telomere maintenance and by the presence of very short telomeres. Symptoms of TBDs can range significantly from person-to-person. In […]

Video: How telomere shortening affects aging

The End Replication problem and how it 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 […]

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. […]