Clínic Barcelona

María A. Blasco explained the transversal role of telomeres in an IDIBAPS Seminar

The cells can be immortalized, but organisms cannot be immortalized yet. One reason why it is not possible is the length of telomeres, which limits the number of times a cell can be divided in our body. Telomeres are regions of DNA that contain no genetic information, located at the end of chromosomes. Dr. Maria A. Blasco, Director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), explained at a recent IDIBAPS seminar how these structures affect the longevity of cells and organisms.