Longer telomeres during early life predict higher lifetime fitness in females but not males

David Westneat & Britt Heidinger
The mechanisms that contribute to variation in lifetime reproductive success are not well understood. One possibility is that telomeres, conserved DNA sequences at chromosome ends that often shorten with age and stress exposures, may reflect differences in vital processes or themselves influence fitness. Telomere length often predicts longevity, but longevity is only one component of fitness and little is known about how longevity and lifetime reproductive success relate to telomere dynamics in wild populations. We...
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