From: John Clark (
Date: Mon Nov 20 2000 - 08:55:41 MST

Lynn Allen-Hoffmann of the University of Wisconsin in Madison noticed something
strange in a petri dish containing a very old line of human keratinocyte cells, that is,
skin cells. The cells had divided so often that all should be dead by now and most
were but a very few had by pure chance undergone a spontaneous mutation of
some sort and appeared perfectly healthy and immortal, at least there is no sign
of them dying or turning cancerous so far, and that's far more cell divisions than
most thought possible. Allen-Hoffmann has started a company called "Stratatech"
to commercialize this lucky mutation.

  John K Clark

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