Telomeric shrinkage as a basis for ageing?

David Adler dadler at milton.u.washington.edu
Thu Jun 11 23:29:32 EST 1992

ajpierce at med.unc.edu (Andrew Pierce) writes:

>   I have heard this theory before too.  Now a question:  if cells can
>only divide 50 times before becoming senescent, then why not only have
>telomerase in germ-line cells, extend the gametic telomeres by a few
>thousand bases and then just forget about it for the life of the adult
>     -Andy
>ajpierce at ted.unc.edu

Germ cells are forever - much longer than the life of one individual.
That is atleast the germ cells that "make it". Yes?

David A. Adler			Pathology SM-30
University of Washington	Seattle, WA 98195
"Science is nothing but trained and organized common sense"
T.H.Huxley 1825-1895

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