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Telomerase: Structure and Function

  1. Nathaniel J Hansen1,
  2. Joseph C Poole2,
  3. Lucy G Andrews1,
  4. Trygve O Tollefsbol1

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0006167



How to Cite

Hansen, N. J., Poole, J. C., Andrews, L. G. and Tollefsbol, T. O. 2006. Telomerase: Structure and Function. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

  2. 2

    Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

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Telomerase, the enzyme that completes DNA replication at the termini of eukaryotic chromosomes, is an important factor in chromosomal stability, cellular senescence and tumorigenesis.


  • telomerase;
  • ribonucleoprotein;
  • senescence;
  • immortality;
  • cancer