At 02:46 AM 11/10/98 EST, Greg Burch wrote:
>Thanks -- does that mean we could insert foreign mitochondria into mature
>cells? Is this a shortcut to rev up metabolism?
Prolonged life via mitochondrial repair or replacement is a topic well addressed by the articulate and knowledgeable British expert Aubrey de Grey, who hangs out on sci.life-extension. He's come up with a new paradigm of mitochondrial ageing that has attracted an amount of interest from his peers (and he's suggested some possible methods, based on that model, for tweaking the system).
I discuss his work a little in my forthcoming THE LAST MORTAL GENERATION - final draft about to go to the typesetters. (Oz publication only so far, due early 1999.)