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Long story short: Absolutely. Short story long: While your intuition that growing a lot of cells can increase the risk of damage that might cause cancer is spot on, your specifics are a little off. It's not the telomeres themselves that are the problem, but broad spectrum DNA damage and transcriptional changes. The condition of the telomeres doesn't ...


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In a normal cell, during each replication the telomere is shortened slightly due to the end replication problem, as you probably know. As mutations occur and a normal cell begins to exhibit cancerous characteristics, it needs a way to stop the self-destruction which happens when the telomeres become too short. In fact it is the cancer cells themselves which ...



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