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Do we get old because of telomeres?

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Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Carlin is correct. The cells that take the worst beating as we age (brain cells) don't divide or shorten telomeres. Mice don't shorten telomeres but age like every other animal.
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