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Telomere Length and Telomerase Activity; A Yin and Yang of Cell Senescence

DOI :

10.3791/50246-v

May 22nd, 2013

May 22nd, 2013

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1Department of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine , 2Diabetes Research and Training Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine , 3Department of Genetics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

An accurate, short, sophisticated and cheap method is described that assesses telomere length in multiple tissues and species using qRT-PCR. In addition, we will describe a simple assay to assess telomerase activity as a complementary backbone test for telomere length.

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