A 47-year-old member asked:
do we get old because of telomeres?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Mary Esther Carlin answered
50 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
No: The telomeres shorten with age and succesive cell divisions (and chromosomes replications). They do not cause aging per se in us. Rather they shorten as we age. However, some people have inherited longer telomeres so they last longer before they grow too short to survive cell division.
Answered on Feb 24, 2014
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