Re: Immortal Human Cells & wonderful news

Anders Sandberg (
15 Jan 1998 11:20:06 +0100

Damien Broderick <> writes:

> >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*...

Yes, there is likely a balance between cell regeneration and cancer risk.

Something I have been thinking of is if we could find ways of making
the control machinery of cell division more robust. I have the
impression that the p53 control is far too easily sabotaged by
mutations; a double check there would be nice.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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