Data from: Interactions between parental traits, environmental harshness and growth rate in determining telomere length in wild juvenile salmon

Darryl Mclennan, John D. Armstrong, Dave C. Stewart, Simon McKelvey, Winnie Boner, Pat Monaghan & Neil B. Metcalfe
A larger body size confers many benefits, such as increased reproductive success, ability to evade predators and increased competitive ability and social status. However, individuals rarely maximize their growth rates, suggesting that this carries costs. One such cost could be faster attrition of the telomeres that cap the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes and play an important role in chromosome protection. A relatively short telomere length is indicative of poor biological state, including poorer tissue and...
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