Telome Health said this week that it plans to launch its qPCR-based TeloTest diagnostic assay for measuring average telomere length in the first quarter of 2013.

TeloTest is a saliva-based assay that is designed to use data related to telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes, to help assess health status, disease and mortality risk, and response to specific therapies.

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