Wing: A suitable non-lethal tissue type for repeatable and rapid telomere length estimates in bats

Megan L. Power, Sarahjane Power, Mads F. Bertelsen, Gareth Jones & Emma C. Teeling
Telomeres are used increasingly in ecology and evolution as biomarkers for ageing and environmental stress, and are typically measured from DNA extracted from non-lethally sampled blood. However, obtaining blood is not always possible in field conditions and only limited amounts can be taken from small mammals, such as bats, which moreover lack nucleated red blood cells and hence yield relatively low amounts of DNA. As telomere length can vary within species according to age and...
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