RE: Mad Cow Implications for Cryos

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Wed May 16 2001 - 16:04:41 MDT

Randy Smith wrote,
> A frightening article from
> The new work suggests the time it takes to develop the disease
> might depend
> on a combination of several genes, not just one. This means that
> far greater
> numbers of us could be "incubating" the disease, but have yet to show
> symptoms.

Like Cancer or AIDS, mad cow disease is not a simple virus or bacteria with
predictable pathology. These diseases are much more complicated. Their
spread, diagnosis, and effects on humans have many more variables than
simple diseases that quickly kill or are quickly overcome. These diseases
are quite deadly, but only after a long battle with the human immune system.
As the simpler diseases are wiped out, look for more complicated diseases to
become the new epidemics.

I predict many waves of complex, long-term diseases to be a big health
challenge to life extensionists in the future. We are already seeing
epidemics in cancer, Alzheimer's, heart attacks, MS, and other "complicated"
diseases. Our big threats are no longer microbes, but complex environmental
factors that interact with our bodies over the long term.

Harvey Newstrom <> <>

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