Biomysteries Episode 3 – The Telomere Effect

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Being a human being the question does arise about our mortality, diseases and aging. Human beings are made up of zillions of cells and inside each cells there is nucleus. The nucleus is an essential part to protect our genetic information. Telomeres are one such part of the chromosome present at the tip of 23 pairs that preserve our genetic information.

These telomeres get shorten each time our cell divides. Thus as we grow older the telomeres get more shorten thus leading to cell death. Telomere shortening is an important reason for aging. It is the fuse of our cells which we are dependent on.

So why do we have telomeres? Do we need them? Why does it get shorten? Does any tissues we have that telomeres does not get shorten?

The questions are answered here in this Episode.

Listen online or download the audio here [opens in new window]


Please find here the associated links related to this podcast:

  1. Are telomeres the key to Aging and Cancer. Genetics Science Learning Center. (Link)
  2. Shammas M. Telomeres, lifestyle, cancer, and aging. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. 2011;14(1):28-34. (Link)

About Saumyadip

Science Communicator and Biologist. Keep interests in host-pathogen interaction research. Specifically bacterial infection mechanism, host infection evasion and immune susceptibility of host. PhD student at Academia Sinica Molecular and Cell Biology, Taiwan
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