The immortal are living among us NOW!

Steven Keys slk at
Thu Nov 9 13:57:08 EST 1995

In <47rs92$4pr at informer1.cis.McMaster.CA> Ann Tekatch
<a7503934 at> writes: 
>FROM: Bill Tekatch <a7503934 at>
>"Paul Boduch (ES 1997)" <pboduch at> wrote:
>>  You've got me stumped here. Is it some kind of tree, the giant
>> pehaps?
>For being "stumped" you did well.
>It is the Brislecone Pine.  The oldest one found was
>felled in 1964 in Nevada's Humboldt National Forest.
>The Sierra redwood has an estimated maximum age
>of 4,000 years and ages to 2,200 to 2,300 verified.
>My point is perhaps trying to optimize the performance
>of the human body for life span by fine tuning its
>operation can only yield at best perhaps a 30%
>increase in life span.  The giant advances will
>come from radical steps such as the application
>of knowledge about other organisms that are
>already immortal.
>Bill Tekatch

Brislecone Pine don't have any living cells that are older than around
30 years, they just form successive layers on top of one another that
are continually dying out.  

Steven Keys

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