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The paternal age at conception effect on offspring telomere length: mechanistic, comparative and adaptive perspectives
(Philosophical Transactions B, 2017-10)
Telomeres are repeating DNA found at the ends of chromosomes that, in the absence of restorative processes, shorten with cell replications and are implicated as a cause of senescence. It appears that sperm telomere length (TL) increases with age in humans, and as a result offspring of older fathers inherit longer telomeres. ...