Saturday, October 17, 2009

Ageing May "Die Out" One Day

From the Economic Times:

"The research for which three American scientists have been awarded the Nobel prize in medicine on the so-called “immortality enzyme” which helps
cells multiply without damage, has huge implications for the future of humankind."

Their work is centered around preventing the part of the cell called the "telomere" from becoming so small that the cell can no longer make new cells. This is what many scientists believe causes aging in the cells, which in turn causes aging within our bodies.

However, in my opinion, this is only a theory since no one has tested the telomeres on anyone over 120 years.


Joanne DeHerrera said...

It is hard to fathom how one could live forever. The world would be over populated to the extreme, so then what; only perfect gens having kids? The list of what could happen is endless, but what would be the good points?

Ben Abba said...

Thank you Joanne for the comment.

Fortunately, our universe is big enough to hold all of the population Earth can create, if we could ever create enough population to just fill the planet we live on.

The good points are many. One of the obvious ones is that these immortals require minimal health care, welfare, and services. They are among the few who could really teach the rest of us how to live on this precious planet.

The other good points are described throughout my blog.