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Date: Thu, 2 Mar 1995 18:21:03 -0600
From: Don Ashley <dashley at TENET.EDU>
To: Multiple recipients of list WHCA95-L <WHCA95-L at LIST.NIH.GOV>
Subject: WHCA Focus On Anti-Aging Research
This is a request for info on support of anti-aging research by WHCA or
any other federal support to promote genetic life span studies.
All info on affirmative movement would be helpful to combat public's
opinion that White House is opposed to anything that would lengthen
Telomerase, the 'immortality' enzyme reported in 12/23/94 'Science' and
other credible sources, gives evidence of possible perpetuation of cell
division in humans.
The term 'immortality' does not mean eternity or invisible protective
shields in traffic. It does refer to ongoing healthy cell division
instead of genetically programmed cessation at 70-80 years. Immunity
systems will continue to defend against major mortality factors, heart
disease and cancer. 200+ year lifespans conceivable.
The concensus is that government is not just indifferent, but acutally
suppresses research. Actual source of such fears is hard to trace.
Any source data or references on government position, either supportive
or suppressive is requested. Exploration of such and clarification will