A compound structure at the end of a chromosome.
- Which chromosomes have the shortest telomeres depends only on telomere length in the original parent mice.
- These two genes are tightly linked to the left telomere of the X chromosome.
- In normal somatic cells, the telomeres shorten with replicative age, and telomerase is not detected.
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- Based on these findings, it is reasonable to conclude that telomeric regions of mitotic chromosomes are not unusually susceptible to crossover.
- This ancestral telomeric element has evolved to optimize telomere maintenance.
- Such a widespread conservation of telomeric silencing among eukaryotes suggests that it is fundamental to telomere function.
1940s: from Greek telos 'end' + meros 'part'.
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