A Message from Dr. Elissa Epel on the Telomere Effect

Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and I spent several years to bring the full story of telomere science to the public. Our book, The Telomere Effect goes from the basic cell biology to daily life to societal factors that are linked to telomere maintenance. 

Now that we have written a book about telomeres, most of the long answers to common questions are there. But there are two problems – not everyone has time to read a book for a better understanding of telomeres, and there is a constant flow of new studies. We  hope this page promotes some clarity in this field.

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Are telomeres just indicators of disease or are they causal? Can telomeres cause cancer? Do telomeres predict longevity, or just disease? The Telomere Effect authors answer questions and cite recent research studies. 

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Telomere effect: Related Media  

The science on telomeres is constantly evolving. Keep up with the latest and tune into to videos, podcasts, and other select media suggested by the Telomere Effect authors. Share with your community and leave comments! 

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Telomere testing

If you want to know your telomere length, we share a list of companies that offer this service. Get informed on what you should know before and after getting your telomeres tested. 

Learn More about your Personality

Some personality traits are associated with bigger stress responses. Determine whether aspects of your personality may affect how you respond when stressful events come your way. 

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