WHY do we die?

J. David Spafford jspaffor at gpu3.srv.ualberta.ca
Tue Oct 24 13:36:47 EST 1995

 I know the situation there is
>somewhat different (single yeast cell cannot divide forever), but why
>higher eukaryotes cannot use the same system? I can imagine that we
>could live let's say forever (or at least much longer- I don't like
>to use word forever) and still be able to reproduce ourselves in a
>classic way. 

Psychologically speaking, it is a good thing we (humans) don't live
infinitum.  I think our mortality makes life exciting.  Besides, I don't
think I could survive more than a few decades of my in-laws.

J. David Spafford,
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
jspaffor at gpu3.srv.ualberta.ca

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