DNA & Aging
Paul Boduch (ES 1997)
pboduch at minerva.cis.yale.edu
Mon Nov 6 03:15:06 EST 1995
O.K. I'm not a biologist, but I am really interested in the
subject of this newsgroup. I actually have been meaning to go to the main
library here on campus on read all the books on the molecular mechanisms
of aging. Unfortunately, with all the other work keeping me busy, looks
like that won't happen for a while.
I've recently come across a really interesting article on food
mutagens & DNA. It now seems quite clear that a lot of cancer is not only
genetic, but also the result of some pesky molecules screwing up our code.
I was wondering if aging could be an aggregate result of years of damage
to DNA & errors too numerous to be corrected in a timely fashion.
Aging definitely has to be either genetic or environmental like cancer.
If the latter is the case, then couldn't it be simply fixed by:
1) freezing a bunch of our youthful undamaged DNA
2) and then breeding in large quantity
a hybrid virus containing its own injection
mechanism & our DNA
3) and then simply infecting ourselves with this potion
If the former is the case, then we could simply cure this terminal
disease by finding the portion of our code responsible for it and
Can any knowledgable biologist explain to me the merits, if any, of this
line of reasoning? Please e-mail directly too.
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