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Highlights from "Telomere Biology and Cancer Risk with Sharon Savage"

Part of "Research in Action", NIH Intramural Research Program

Investigators in the Clinical Genetics Branch study families with dyskeratosis congenita (DC), a rare and complex inherited cancer predisposition syndrome. Patients with DC have extremely short telomeres and elevated risk for multiple cancers. As they study the effect of shortened telomeres on this unique population, the research team searches for genetic variations associated with abnormal telomeres and telomere biology. 

Read the full article on telomere biology and cancer risk.