Data from: Sex-specific effects of experimental ectoparasite infestation on telomere length in great tit nestlings

Barbara Tschirren, Ana Ángela Romero-Haro, Sandrine Zahn & François Cricuolo
Telomere length is a biomarker of biological ageing and lifespan in various vertebrate taxa. Evidence is accumulating that telomeres shorten more rapidly when an individual is exposed to environmental stressors. Parasites are potent selective agents that can cause physiological stress directly or indirectly through the activation of the host’s immune system. Yet to date, empirical evidence for a role of parasites in telomere dynamics in natural populations is limited. Here we show experimentally that exposure...
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