Although telomerase is the major mechanism for telomere elongation in most cells, telomerase-independent mechanisms of telomere maintenance can allow cell survival. Yeast cells that lack telomerase maintain telomere length through a form of recombination known as gene conversion. Understanding the role that telomeric recombination might play in mammalian cells has important implications for cancer therapeutics. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.
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