Created on Dec. 6, 2012, 1:15 a.m. by Hevok & updated by Hevok on May 2, 2013, 5:39 p.m.

Telomerase is a ribonucleoprotein that exhibits reverse transcriptase and terminal transferase activity.

Mice express telomerase in somatic and germline tissues, while humans almost exclusively express telomerase in the germline. Consequently, when telomeres reach a critical length the cells enter irreversible growth arrest [17173545].


Tags: immortality, telomeres, enzyme

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