Telomerers rolle i cancer

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Laila Bendix, Steen Kølvraa

Telomeres are a double-edged sword when it comes to cancer. On one hand, telomeres limit the cells' ability to divide and thereby restrict the uninhibited growth seen in cancer. On the other hand, short telomeres can initiate the chromosome instability that characterizes cancer. Diseases with the combination of short telomeres and high cancer risk are seen, but until now the use of telomeres as predictors of cancer has, in general, been unsuccessful. Telomeres and telomerase play an important role in further cancer development. Researchers are trying to exploit this in the development of new cancer therapies.
Original languageDanish
JournalUgeskrift for Laeger
Volume172
Issue number40
Pages (from-to)2748-51
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2010

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