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Pond-Dwelling Creature Led Scientists to Telomerase
Text box from Inside the Cell, an NIGMS educational booklet, describing how scientists took advantage of the unique properties of the microorganism, Tetrahymena thermophila, in their search for telomerase.

Chromosomal Caps Count Down to Cell Death—Or Cancer
Every cell in your body has a clock called a telomere that ticks down the number of times it can safely divide. If scientists could make drugs to control telomeres, they could perhaps treat diseases of aging as well as cancer

This page last reviewed on February 23, 2012