Telomere testing just got easier

Dyskeratosis Congenita (DC) is caused by premature shortening of the telomeres, and tests for telomere length are important in making the diagnosis. Accurate telomere length testing can be difficult, but scientists are making promising advances in this area. Researchers at Cardiff University and Queen Mary University of London have developed a rapid test for the[…]

Genomics: hope for a better diagnostic future?

Since dyskeratosis congenita (DC) is so rare, getting diagnosed is a major problem. Blood tests which could help, such as telomere length, are not available to most doctors, so it is likely that many people with DC never know their true diagnosis and therefore may not receive the best treatments. One approach to rectifying this[…]