Shorter telomeres can be transmitted epigenetically to offspring | Elissa Epel

Parent Episode: Dr. Elissa Epel on Telomeres and the Role of Stress Biology in Cellular Aging

Accelerated aging syndromes, such as Werner syndrome and Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, are characterized by genetic mutations that promote increased DNA damage, particularly at telomeres. These conditions, which lead to premature aging and an increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic disorders, are hereditary. In this clip, Dr. Elissa Epel explains how these aging syndromes – as well as other factors that affect telomere length – can also be passed to offspring via epigenetic mechanisms.

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