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Short telomeres: cause or consequence of aging?

Authors

  • Peter J. Hornsby

    1. Department of Physiology and Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78245, USA
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Peter J. Hornsby, Department of Physiology and Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78245, USA. Tel.: 210 562 5080; fax: 281 582 3538; e-mail: hornsby@uthscsa.edu

Summary

Questions about mechanisms, about the direction of causality, and about cellular heterogeneity complicate interpretation of claims associating short telomeres with adverse health outcomes.

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