The telomeropathies are a newly described group of human diseases based on the genetics and molecular biology of telomeres, the ends of chromosomes. Along with the rare dyskeratosis congenita, the telomeropathies include some cases of the blood disorder aplastic anemia and, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, etc. Chromosome instability is a result of critical shortening of telomeres.
Telomeropathies are rare diseases with incidence ranging between 1:100,000 and 1:1,000,000 people.
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