JAN 30, 2017 06:35 PM PST
Telomere Biology & Cancer Studies at the NIH
WRITTEN BY: Carmen Leitch
2 4 273

Telomeres cap our chromosomes; they have a protective effect. Every time a cell divides, the telomeres shorten a bit, so it's natural that telomeres tend to shorten as we age. They have been linked to various diseases, including some cancers. Sharon Savage, MD, featured in this video from the National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Program, has been studying how telomere biology is linked to cancer risk. In this video, you can get a look at how clinical studies are conducted at the NIH.

Dr. Savage also talks a bit about how defects in telomeres have been connected to a disease that confers a predisposition to cancer, dyskeratosis congenita (DC). A patient is also featured as part of the video, so beyond the scientific information, there is a perspective on the disease from a person actually experiencing the symptoms it can cause. In the case of this disease, the severity and symptoms vary widely. Other patients as well as unaffected relatives are often included in these studies in order to get a better handle on what is going wrong, and what goes right, in the cellular processes under research.
About the Author
  • Experienced research scientist and technical expert...
You May Also Like
MAY 17, 2018
Videos
MAY 17, 2018
How Musical Instruments Boost Brain Function
Music and the brain are often part of the same scientific research projects. How music is processed in the brain and how we learn to recognize and replicat
MAY 30, 2018
Videos
MAY 30, 2018
Teaching Kids About The Brain
When you think about neuroscience education, middle school isn't typically what comes to mind. However, at the University of British Columbia, a new progra
MAY 30, 2018
Videos
MAY 30, 2018
What Color is the Sun?
Look at most child drawings, and you'll see the sun depicted as a yellow ball. Even many adults associate the color yellow with the star found at the cente
JUN 04, 2018
Videos
JUN 04, 2018
Making AI More Human
Machine learning or artificial intelligence is when a machine becomes able to think like a human. However, machine learning happens when thousands of choic
JUN 14, 2018
Health & Medicine
JUN 14, 2018
Beware of Hotel Room Germs
Recently the CDC came out with a study that showed nearly 1/3 of swimming-related illnesses from 2000-2014 could be traced back to pathogens found in hotel
JUN 17, 2018
Videos
JUN 17, 2018
These Are the World's Largest Life Forms
Life forms throughout Earth’s history come in all different shapes and sizes, but have you ever wondered which ones were the largest? Mountain ash tr
Loading Comments...