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Poor people tend to have short telomeres, according to a study conducted by the University of California, San Francisco's Elizabeth Blackburn and colleagues. The effect, they add, appears to stratify by ethnicity. While telomeres shorten with age, premature shrinking has been linked to numerous health concerns.

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