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Auk Editor Pick - Shorter Telomeres Reveal Stress in Migratory Birds


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The stress of birds’ continent-spanning annual migrations, it appears, leads to faster aging and a potentially earlier death. A new study in The Auk: Ornithological Advances reveals that telomeres, structures on the ends of chromosomes that shorten with age, are shorter in migratory birds than in their non-migratory counterparts. Read the press release at https://aoucospubsblog.org/2016/08/04/shorter-telomeres-reveal-stress-in-migratory-birds/.

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