now there we have an application which might take the best of all the
technology an indeterminate but arguably long time and which may create
something akin to the "nanites" those watching star trek have seen
deployed to do those wild things concieved of by its sci-fi writers.
That singularity of computing speed/power and complexity might just have
its work cut out for it yet.
"Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:
> The fact that we have accumulating evidence for circulating
> (or migrating) stem cells playing a role in everything from
> angiogenesis (required for wound healing -- something that
> declines with age) to memory formation is beginning to point
> a significant finger at cellular scenescence as being a major
> player in aging.
> We could probably have a long debate as to whether this is
> due to telomere shortening (telomerase not being sufficiently
> "on" in stem cells to prevent shortening over the average
> lifespan) or accumulated DNA damage in the stem cells causing
> cell checkpoint blocks on division -- but in either case --
> if you can isolate, increase the number of, and return
> such cells to their natural reservoirs you will likely
> have a fairly effective anti-aging therapy.
> Interestingly enough it will not require technology that
> is much beyond that we currently have available.
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