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News: Link between faster ‘biological’ ageing and risk of developing age-related diseases discovered

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Link between faster ‘biological’ ageing and risk of developing age-related diseases discovered 

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Link between faster ‘biological’ ageing and risk of developing age-related diseases discovered 

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International research has found new evidence that links faster ‘biological’ ageing to the risk of developing several age-related diseases - including heart disease, multiple sclerosis and various cancers. The research published online in the journal Nature Genetics studied a feature of chromosomes called telomeres, which sit on the end of our chromosomes – the strands of DNA stored in the nucleus of cells.  The study team measured telomere lengths in over 48,000 individuals, looked at their DNA, and identified seven genetic variants that were associated with telomere length. The study led by Professor Nilesh Samani, Director of the NIHR Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, involved scientists in 14 centres across 8 countries, working as part of the ENGAGE Consortium.

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University of Leicester news release 

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05/04/2013 

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03/05/2013 

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