Blackburn on Telomeres

John K Clark (
Sat, 25 Jul 1998 10:07:17 -0700 (PDT)


On Sat, 25 Jul 1998 Damien Broderick <damien@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU> Wrote:


>just in the last month or so, a paper was published by David Beach
>and colleagues in which they have repeated the experiment using
>cells from a human tissue cell type different from the type used in
>the originally published experiment of extended life span. They now
>find that these other cells do not have their lifespan extended when
>the same experiment of expressing the telomerase gene is done.

Interesting. I missed that paper, where was it published?

>So we're back to not knowing whether expressing telomerase really IS
>important in human life span.

It may not be the entire story, probably isn't, but even if it only effects some human cells it's probably important.

                                              John K Clark

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