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Jonathan Montagu jm at ambident.demon.co.uk
Sat Feb 19 09:33:56 EST 1994

I'm writing an essay on the applications of genetic manipulation in humans
for general discussion.  It's an interesting idea that it might be possible
remove or attenuate the genes responsible for ageing and hence prolong
lives.  I was wondering whether anybody can offer any suggestions.
1.  What do the 'ageing' genes code for in a multicellular organism such
as a human?
2.  At a cellular level I understand that if cells do not receive
certain social signals death occurs.  What about on a multicellular level
- why do organisms deteriorate over time?
3.  What might be the social consequences of prolonged lifetimes?

Thanks in advance

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