Re: "Immortality" gene revealed

Harvey Newstrom (
Sat, 3 Jan 1998 21:18:12 -0500

>> > For example, do you know that mammals can't produce
>> > ascorbic acid (a powerful anti-oxidant)? Little mistakes like that might
>> > be behind aging!
>> Possible, but I doubt it. We usually get enough ascorbic acid from our
>> food, and excrete the surplus in our urine, so being able to produce
>> would not be a major advantage. I seem to recall that some mammals can
>> produce it, but I might be wrong.

Chimps and guinea pigs can produce their own ascorbic acid, which screwed
up many early vitamin C studies on them.

Harvey Newstrom <>