Shortening Chromosomes Cause For Earlier Cancer Onset In Families With Rare Syndrome

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 06:00 AM EST

... In families with a high incidence of Li-Fraumeni syndrome, the ends of individuals' chromosomes act somewhat like a lit fuse, according to researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Their findings detail how telomeres, the ends of the chromosomes, shorten with every successive generation, leading to more severe cancers at an earlier age. [click link for full article] ...