Re: Immortal Human Cells & wonderful news

Damien Broderick (
Thu, 15 Jan 1998 12:27:03 +0000

>Could it be that telomerase is harmful in some tissues?

My guess is that its production is inactivated in somatic cells as a
general prophylaxis against cancer. Immortal tumors do, indeed, switch
telomerase production back on. If we wish to extend our lives by tweaking
this mechanism, we're going to have to be *very careful*...

Damien Broderick