Telomerase and the aging process

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The level of telomerase activity is important in determining telomere length in aging cells and tissues. Here evidence on the importance of telomerase activity is reviewed with respect to aging rates of mammalian species and the health and life span of individuals within a species. The significance of telomerase reactivation for both cancer development and for immortalizing cells for therapeutic processes is assessed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-581
Number of pages7
JournalExperimental Gerontology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2007


  • Cancer
  • Immortalization
  • Senescence
  • Telomerase
  • Telomeres

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Aging
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Endocrinology
  • Cell Biology


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