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Not All Telomere Tests Are Created Equal: Here’s What You Need to Know

Telomeres are the quintessential lab test for quantifying biological age.  But not all telomere tests are created equal as some disparity exists between labs.  Measuring small amounts of DNA in a telomere takes some skill so it is imperative to use a lab that is experienced in telomere testing.  SpectraCell was the first lab to commercialize telomere testing in the United States, back in 2010.  With over a decade of samples, our reference population is well over 15,000... Read More
at Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Are Telomeres a New Biomarker for COVID-19?

A recently published medical paper suggests the answer may be YES.  A team of scientists from Rutgers University reviewed the disease progression of COVID-19 and created an interesting hypothesis – that telomeres, particularly short telomere length, may be a potential biomarker that identifies patients most likely to have a bad prognosis from COVID-19.   The theory was published this summer in the FASEB Journal (stands for Federation of American Societies for Experimental... Read More
at Wednesday, September 16, 2020