Reduced telomere length has been associated
with aging and age-related diseases. Latent infection with
the Cytomegalovirus (CMV) induces telomere shortening
in the infected cells. Latent CMV infection may cause
reduced telomere length via GABP transcription factor
deficiency, according to the Microcompetition Theory.
Microcompetition and viral-induced transcription factor
deficiency is important since most people harbor a latent