In a paper published online in advance in Nucleic Acids Research this week, a team led by investigators at the New Jersey Medical School, present an "impartial evaluation of measurements of leukocyte telomere length by Southern blot of the terminal restriction fragments and quantitative PCR of telomere DNA content, expressed as the ratio of telomeric product [to] single copy gene product." In addition to presenting the results of its measurements of leukocyte telomere length assess

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