The plate can be used for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The long, thread-like DNA molecules that carry our genes are packed into chromosomes, the telomeres being the caps on their ends. One explanation became apparent with the finding that cancer cells often have increased telomerase activity. It was therefore proposed that cancer might be treated by eradicating telomerase. Cell 1982; 29:245-255. Greider CW, Blackburn EH. Identification of a specific telomere terminal transferase activity in Tetrahymena extracts.