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Young adults with shorter telomeres have lower resistance to colds

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1220 (Published 27 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1220

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Researchers from the US recently infected 152 volunteers with the common cold to study the link between acute infections and telomere length in leucocytes. The volunteers, who had a mean age of 30 years, agreed to be …

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