Cells that live forever

Andrew K. Groves grovesa at starbase1.caltech.edu
Sat Oct 7 13:46:31 EST 1995

In article <4538jb$1fs at hippo.shef.ac.uk>, MDB95NK at shef.ac.uk (Nicolas
King) wrote:

> Apart from cancer cells, what other non-ageing species exist and 
> have they been documented in any paper?

My bias would be to say that stem cells which renew tissues throughout the
life of an animal (such as those in bone marrow, gut or skin) appear to
divide for as long as the animal lives. I don't know if this is what
you're looking for.

I will now pass you over to steve chambers in New Zealand for the
alternative view....... (hehe. No offence intended, Steve).


Andy Groves
Division of Biology, 216-76
California Institute of Technology

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