Review of ageing

Dr Jim Cummins cummins at POSSUM.MURDOCH.EDU.AU
Wed Jan 11 00:00:24 EST 1995

The Economist (January 7 1995: pp 68-70) has a nice review of current
ageing research. It covers the evolutionary arguments for ageing and a
"disposable soma";  artificial alterations of lifespan in Drosophila and C.
elegans; free radicals and mitochondrial energetics; the Hayflick limit and
telomerase; progeria and Werner's syndrome, and genetic markers of

Appparently there's a company called Geron based in Menlo Park  that is
concentrating on life extending strategies by switching on telomerase in
somatic cells.  Anybody have any further information?

Yours, virtually:-

Jim "Spermatology rules o~ o~ o~ o~" Cummins

Associate Professor in Veterinary Anatomy
Murdoch University,
Murdoch Western Australia 6150
Tel +61-9-360 2668
Fax +61-9-310 4144
E mail cummins at possum.murdoch.edu.au

"Ignorance is a renewable resource"  PJ O'Rourke.

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