The telomere regulatory gene POT1 responds to stress and predicts performance in nature: implications for telomeres and life history evolution

Sarah Wolf, Tiana Sanders, Sol Beltran & Kimberly Rosvall
Telomeres are emerging as correlates of fitness-related traits and may be important mediators of ecologically relevant variation in life history strategies. Growing evidence suggests that telomere dynamics can be more predictive of performance than length itself, but very little work considers how telomere regulatory mechanisms respond to environmental challenges or influence performance in nature. Here, we combine observational and experimental datasets from free-living tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) to assess how performance is predicted by the...
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