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Evolutionary ecology of telomeres: a review

Telomeres are repeated sequences of noncoding DNA and associated proteins that protect the ends of chromosomes, and telomere maintenance is associated with life span and disease via a range of dynamic mechanisms that vary across taxa. This review, for the upcoming next installment of the series The Year in Evolutionary Biology, explores telomere traits across species from an evolutionary ecology perspective, discussing telomere regulation as a source of targets for selection pressure and building a theoretical foundation for understanding the causal effects of telomeres on evolutionary fitness.

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