Re: "Immortality" gene revealed

Tony Benjamin Csoka (
Fri, 2 Jan 1998 17:36:03 -0800 (PST)

Joao Pedro wrote:

>"How and Why We Age" by Leonard Hayflick, page 21 of the first edition.
>He claims that animals such as some fish, amphibians, and reptiles (like
>the Galapagos tortoise) appear not to age -- they don't age at all or
>age so slowly that we are not capable of determining it.

I will buy Hayflick's book and check it out. I just hope he gives some
references to real scientific publications, or shows results of his own
work. I am very interested in this story. As far as I know, though,
Galapagos totoise cells do have a limited lifespan in culture - they are
not immortal. I have not seen results for reptile, lobster, or fish cells
grown in culture.

Tony B. Csoka