Transient Telomerase: A Surprising Mechanism to Protect Against Cancer and Cellular Senescence

Transient Telomerase Expression Mediates Senescence and Reduces Cancer Rate

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Maryland have conducted a joint study that has revealed a protective function of telomerase, which was previously unknown.

Telomerase can be used by somatic cell types

For a long period of time, it was believed that telomerase only protects certain cell types from aging, like stem cells, immune and embryonic cells. Researchers believed that telomerase was only active in certain cell types, such as stem cells, immune cells, and embryonic cells, in order to protect them from aging.


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