Researchers discover that telomeres encode two proteins, which could transform cancer research
New research suggests that telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes, can encode two different proteins. This was something previously believed to be impossible. This discovery could have a huge impact on the fields of medicine, cell biology, and health.
In a press release, Jack Griffith, Kenan Distinguished professor of Microbiology & Immunology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, stated that the discovery of two novel signaling molecules encoded by telomeres will transform our understanding of cancer and aging as well as how cells communicate with each other.
Griffith, a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member, said: \”Based on our findings, we believe simple blood tests could be a useful screen for cancers and human diseases.\” These tests could also provide a measure for ‘telomere’ health because we know that telomeres decrease with age.