Telomere

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telomere

[′tel·ə‚mir]
(cell and molecular biology)
A centromere in the terminal position on a chromosome.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Telomere

 

the terminal segment of a chromosome. When chromosomes become fragmented, as through the action of ionizing radiation, some of the fragments may reunite, but they never reunite along the telomere. Consequently, telomeres prevent the joining of other segments of chromosomes.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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