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Telomeres are repetitive stretches of DNA and proteins found at the ends of all chromosomes, from worms to humans, whose main function is to protect a cell’s nuclear material from damage. Telomeres shorten as the cell continues to replicate until telomeres reach a critical length and the cell become “senescent” and not able to divide any longer; the cellular equivalent of aging. Hence, telomere shortening may be a biomarker for biological aging. Past research suggests that stress shortens telomeres faster, with long-lasting consequences for health. Multiple studies have documented the effects of stress, in particular associations with adverse life experiences in early life to chronic forms of stress on health problems in later life. These health problems range from weight gain to an increased risk of heart disease, cancer and premature mortality.  The Biomarker Core Lab now offers a versatile and reliable way to measure telomere length. Please complete the roster form if ready to proceed with the telomere length analysis.