Telomeric Theory of Aging

Beverly Erlebacher bae at
Fri Aug 21 13:39:14 EST 1998

In article <6rjs5s$mdd$1 at>,
Jennifer Ann Petersen <jennifer at> wrote:
>Beverly Erlebacher wrote in message
><1998Aug20.123428.29969 at>...
>>I don't remember if the paper said, but the important point is that the
>>life span was no different from that of the mouse strain that the knock-out
>>line originated from.  I don't know what lab mice normally die of.  Boredom?
>Yes, the fact that life span remained the same is significant.
>Since the study was to see if death came later, I thought the cause of death
>would somehow be important. It would seem that in a study such as this,
>saying "I dunno, they just up 'n died" ignores an important piece of
>information. Did they all explode? Did they write tiny suicide notes? That
>would give credence to the boredom theory ;-) Did any of them develop

Like I said, I don't remember what the paper said about cause of death
or incidence of cancer.  It was 8 or 10 years ago, and I've read a lot 
of other papers since.  Cause of death may have been described and analysed
in detail.  I suggest you look the paper up and read it yourself.

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