Letters Telomere testing

CDKN2A might be better than telomere length in determining individual health status

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1415 (Published 06 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1415
  1. Paul G Shiels, molecular biologist1
  1. 1Institute of Cancer Sciences, University of Glasgow, Western Infirmary, Glasgow G11 6NT, UK
  1. paul.shiels{at}clinmed.gla.ac.uk

McCartney notes that telomere length measurement raises more questions than it answers.1

Determination of personal health status based on a biomarker of ageing and not as a direct function of chronology requires very sensitive and specific biomarkers. Validated markers of biological age are few and must meet the Baker …

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