Researchers study health consequences of RTE proliferation that occurs in aging

The genomes of organisms from humans to corn are replete with “parasitic” strands of DNA that, when not suppressed, copy themselves and spread throughout the genome, potentially affecting health. Earlier this year Brown University researchers found that these “retrotransposable elements” were increasingly able to break free of the genome’s control in cultures of human cells.

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Researchers study health consequences of RTE proliferation that occurs in aging

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