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Patrick O'Neil patrick at corona
Wed Feb 22 22:50:15 EST 1995

On 22 Feb 1995, Barani wrote:
>  Recently non-molecular biology postings have outnumbered
>  the ones that are relevant to this group. 
>  I wish to express my opinion that bionet.molbio.ageing
>  is a newsgroup devoted to discussions on molecular
>  biological aspects only. I would recommend the discussions
>  on ethical and social issues be directed to other longevity 
>  newsgroups (or we can always create a new newsgroup for that 
>  purpose).
>  Disclaimer: This is not to underscore the importance of
>  ethical or other issues.

I would agree.  I arrived within this group thinking it would be exactly 
such a creature and found many sci-fi postings.  My thought was that a 
group had been started among the real groups, aka, bionet.software, 
bionet.xtallography, etc, when it should have resided in the alt. 
  On that note, I am interested in the AGE-1 gene of C. elegans, its 
sequence, function, and structure.  I do not have the wherewithall to 
search for an analog in mice (I'd really have to do some tap-dancing with 
my PI to convince him it might be of interest).  Tom Johnson, of UC 
Boulder, found that if this gene is knocked out in C. elegans, they live 
about 50% to 70% longer.  Granted, C. elegans is a simple organism in 
comparison to mice, but nevertheless, it might be interesting to see what 
happens to knockout mice for an analog to AGE1.


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