Telomeres, biology and cancer

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Published: 1 Jul 2016
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Prof Elizabeth Blackburn - The Salk Institute of Biological Studies, La Jolla, USA

Prof Blackburn speaks to ecancertv at IARC 2016 about the shortening of telomeres, its genetic and non-genetic influences and the possible tumourigenic outcomes.

She outlines molecular and behavioural causes for altered telomere degeneration, including chronic stress, diet, and how these predictably influence overall mortality.

Prof Blackburn notes that any purported telomere-preserving or extending medicines do not extend survival in a straightforward fashion, but in fact increase the chances of developing cancer.