Re: Hayflick and others deny major life expectancy improvements

From: BillK (
Date: Mon Feb 19 2001 - 16:25:49 MST

Damien Broderick, <>, writes:
> A post on another list that I cite and then respond to:
> >Hayflick said that even if the most common causes of death -
> >cancer, heart disease and stroke - were eliminated, "the increase
> >in life expectancy would be no more than 15 years."
> >With those death causes gone, he said, the true cause of death
> >would be revealed: the aging process.
> >Aging, he said, is a decline on a molecular level that makes
> >people "increasingly vulnerable to disease" and that this process
> >is not receiving much research attention.

But it is receiving SOME research attention. Dr Simon Melov of the Buck
Institute, the researcher who last year managed to double the life
expectancy of
nematode worms has just announced that he has now managed to double the life
expectancy of white mice. I've just seen them on television news - and they
seem to be very cheerful about it. Anti-oxidants seems to be his technique.

I can't find a URL yet for the news, maybe tomorrow.


(Still taking the tablets).

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