Research Paper Volume 11, Issue 21 pp 9829—9845

Slower rates of accumulation of DNA damage in leukocytes correlate with longer lifespans across several species of birds and mammals

Figure 3. Percent short telomeres of various species. The percentage of short telomeres was measured by HT Q-FISH in a high-throughput manner in individuals of different ages for (A) bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), (B) goats (Capra hircus), (C) reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), (D) American flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber), and (E) griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus). Each point represents the values for a different individual. The correlation coefficient (R2), slope (rate of increase of % short telomeres per year), and y-intercept are presented on the graphs. The percentage of short telomeres was calculated by a threshold which corresponds to the 25th percentile of the telomere fluorescence intensity values of a young sample for a given species.