Telomeres and Cancer

European researchers report in JAMA this week the results of a clinical study, which implicate "a statistically significant inverse relationship between telomere length and both cancer incidence and mortality." In a patient cohort of 787, "short telomere length at baseline was associated with incident cancer independently of standard cancer risk factors," the authors write; 92 participants went on to develop cancer.

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