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Understanding telomeres may have potential for some cancer therapies

from Medical News Today

The American Journal of Pathology published the first report of the presence of alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) that can be used as a diagnostic indicator and could be significant for developing anti-cancer therapies for cancers in the bladder, cervix, endometrium, esophagus, gallbladder, liver, and lung. During normal cell division, telomeres (nucleoprotein structures situated at the ends of chromosomes) shorten with each division and can potentially result in cell death, however, in some cancers this shortening is counteracted by the ALT mechanism and therefore permitting unlimited growth of cancer cells. more

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