The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009
Telomeres delay ageing of the cell
An important piece in the puzzle – human ageing, cancer, and stem cells
Some inherited diseases are now known to be caused by telomerase defects, including certain forms of congenital aplastic anemia, in which insufficient cell divisions in the stem cells of the bone marrow lead to severe anemia. Certain inherited diseases of the skin and the lungs are also caused by telomerase defects.