Scientific Explanations For Non-Scientific Readers

Don Ashley dashley at TENET.EDU
Sun Mar 5 07:23:33 EST 1995

Please fwd any explanations to me also.  (see msg below)

Brief explanations to scientific and popular ageing theories would be 
educational for some of the interested readers of this listgroup.

Put me on the list to get private postings of educational nature. 
A FAQ line would eliminate some repetitious postings here.

On 5 Mar 1995 kgpl at wrote:

> I just looked in on this group.  A lot of it is very interesting, though
> there is a bit too much "social consequences of ageing" and not enough
> "molecular biology of ageing" for my taste.  Still...  I want to throw
> out a stupid question here.  Assuming that this sort of thing has ever
> been done, let's say you take a skin (or whatever) cell from a young
> rat (or human) then wait a few years and take another from the same
> subject.  When you put the two cells under a microscope, or do other
> similarly informative biology things with it, what's the difference?
> Is ageing something that takes place at the cellular level all over
> your body, or are there a small number of localized changes that throw
> everything out of kilter?  For example, if a young person needs an organ
> replacement, and gets a doner organ from an old person, does the organ
> "become young" again in the young person, or does it stay old and not
> last very long?  And is this true of every kind of organ replacement?
> Best to stop here.  I can think up a lot of questions like this, but I'm
> already annoying enough as it is.  No reason to push it. :0
> Whoops!  Make that emoticon a ":)", My fingers are getting old and
> I don't type so good anymore.
> Kevin

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