Gender and telomere length: systematic review and meta-analysis.
BACKGROUND: It is widely believed that females have longer telomeres than males, although results from studies have been contradictory. METHODS: We carried out a systematic review and meta-analyses to test the hypothesis that in humans, females have longer telomeres than males and that this association becomes stronger with increasing age. Searches were conducted in EMBASE and MEDLINE (by November 2009) and additional datasets were obtained from study investigators. Eligible observational stu...Expand abstract
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