Re: Hayflick and others deny major life expectancy improvements

Date: Mon Feb 19 2001 - 11:23:00 MST

John Clark writes, quoting Alex:
> >aging is not a single programmed pathway we can interfere in.
> We can in worms. Just one mutation can nearly double its lifetime, the only known
> drawback is a slight inefficiency in food metabolism, but that may be enough
> for evolution to select against it.

Or we may already have it. Maximum life span of humans is significantly
larger than our primate cousins. For gorillas it's about 50 years,
for humans over 100. Maybe that one mutation is what set us on the road
to smarthood.


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