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Tue May 26 17:40:39 EST 1992


> There is a good chance that within a century or so we will have the 
> capabilities of engineering germ cell lines to the point that almost 
> any characteristic could be programmed into the individual.  It is here 
> that the most likely promise of "immortality" lies, not in cryonics.  
> By the time the technology to revive these frozen fossils is in place 
> (if ever), those who would be doing the reviving may look upon the 
> frozen specimens as genetically hopeless and have no desire to resurrect
> such poor specimens.

Yes, any approach to immortality other than improving the germ line by 
introducing improved repair and error correction mechanisms into our
DNA is an exercise in futility!  Once this is understood, one begins 
to question the current direction of medical research which, at best, 
will extend our lives by only a few years.

Perhaps the time is ripe for a national effort to tackle the foutain-of-
youth problem!

- Larry French




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