One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A compound structure at the end of a chromosome.
- ‘These two genes are tightly linked to the left telomere of the X chromosome.’
- ‘It has long been thought that the grouping of telomeres is important for chromosome pairing and subsequent synapsis.’
- ‘Which chromosomes have the shortest telomeres depends only on telomere length in the original parent mice.’
- ‘In normal somatic cells, the telomeres shorten with replicative age, and telomerase is not detected.’
- ‘Without telomeres, the chromosomes would ‘fray’ when the cells divided.’
1940s: from Greek telos ‘end’ + meros ‘part’.
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