[ExI] reverse aging
thespike at satx.rr.com
Wed Dec 1 01:43:01 UTC 2010
On 11/30/2010 7:22 PM, John Grigg wrote:
> Stuart, and so was this simply a first step toward rejuvenating
> normally aged mice?
I don't see any obvious reason why this should follow. As I commented on
a biogerontology list when a few people were getting prematurely excited
(IMO) by this report:
On the face of it, this sounds like an incredibly silly "discovery".
Build a car without wheels. You can't drive it anywhere. Put the wheels
on. Look! A miracle! Now you can drive it! Ship a crew of old sea dogs
from England to Australia without any vitamin C in their diet. They get
scurvy and start to die. Feed them some citrus and they all recover. A
miracle! Lemons will make you young again!
In addition, mice normally have unusually long telomeres, longer than
ours, and die after 3 years or so. I'm not sure why added telomerase
would help little mousies, unless they'd started life as mutant cripples.
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