why do we die?

Jonah Thomas JEThomas at ix.netcom.com
Mon Oct 23 10:29:17 EST 1995


In <schwarze.ccomail-2310950102100001 at 131.215.5.32> 
schwarze.ccomail at starbase1.caltech.edu (Erich Schwarz) writes: 


>    It should be possible to artificially ameloriate aging, but
>it won't happen right away: we need more basic research in DNA
>repair, the cell cycle, and neurotrophic factors first.

Also we're looking at a _long_ feedback loop.  Come up with a better 
gene product that should aid old people, and it may be 80 years before 
you find out how well it works really.  Try too many different things at 
once and they may interact strangely.  

These are "yes-buts", not "gotchas".  New techniques might slip right by 
them.  But it isn't predictable that they will, or how they will.




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