Re: "Immortality" gene revealed

Tony Benjamin Csoka (
Thu, 1 Jan 1998 22:36:26 -0800 (PST)

Joao Pedro wrote:

>Telomerase might not be the key for immortality. For example, the
>Galapagos Tortoise' cells also have a limited number of divisions and yet
>the members of the species appear not to age. Their cells also don't have
>telomerase. Why do you think telomers are the key to solving aging?

I agree that telomerase might not be the "immortality gene" but could you
provide a reference to support your statement that Galapogos tortoises
don't appear to age. I thought they just had a long lifespan?

Tony B. Csoka