Laboratory Testing

Telomeres

Telomeres

Telomeres are protective caps that cover the tips of the bodyís chromosomes, similar to the plastic tips that are at the end of a shoelace. The telomeres tend to become shorter as people age, so testing the telomeres is a way to look at cellular aging. The shortness of the telomeres points to the patientís biological age and is actually measured using the patientís white blood cells taken with a blood sample for this specially designed test. After many cell divisions in a personís life, once the telomeres shorten to a critical point the cell is no longer able to divide and thusly, dies.

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