Human DNA is crumpled into compacted units called chromosomes. The telomere is the repetitive DNA-protein complex that protects each end of a chromosome. This specialized capping structure avoids both chromosome end recognition as a site of DNA damage and chromosome end fusion.
Critically shortened telomeres can promote genomic instability, the principal driver of cancer development. Also, longer telomeres may increase the risk of cancer.
TELOBALANCE is Bioscience Institute’s telomere length monitoring program that enables detecting shortened or longer telomeres, and evaluating the activation of telomerase (the enzyme responsible for telomere length maintenance) in healthy individuals, well before cancer development. It allows for intercepting conditions that can contribute to cancer development, anticipating it and enabling action to counteract it.