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Origin and evolution of telomeres.


Origin and evolution of telomeres.

Ed. by Jozef Nosek and Lubomir Tomaska.

Landes Bioscience


176 pages



Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit series


Telomeres have attracted attention as "molecular clocks" that may extend cell longevity, consequently having implications for treating degenerative diseases and perhaps extending life itself. Introducing telomeres as representing an evolutionary advance, Nosek and Tomaska (in the departments of biochemistry and genetics, respectively, Comenius U., Bratislava, Slovakia) focus on those found at the ends of the linear form of chromosomes that are involved in the reproduction of eukaryotic cells (those with nuclei). International contributors to a dozen chapters examine telomeres' properties, replication strategies, and roles--perhaps as "double agents"--in the evolution of the genome from prokaryotic cells (those without nuclei), and tumor expression/suppression.

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