Aging Horses by their…Telomeres?

To guess a horse’s age you can look at his teeth … or the length of his telomeres and his immune system function, according to researchers with the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center.

Scientists studying the mechanisms behind aging-related decline in immune function of horses confirmed that telomere erosion–progressive shortening of the specialized

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To guess a horse’s age you can look at his teeth … or the length of his telomeres and his immune system function, according to researchers with the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center.

Scientists studying the mechanisms behind aging-related decline in immune function of horses confirmed that telomere erosion–progressive shortening of the specialized protective “caps” found at the end of chromosomes—occurs as horses age

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Stacey Oke, MSc, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. She is interested in both large and small animals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Since 2005, she’s worked as a research consultant for nutritional supplement companies, assisted physicians and veterinarians in publishing research articles and textbooks, and written for a number of educational magazines and websites.

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