Demise Of The Ageing List

Don Ashley dashley at TENET.EDU
Wed Nov 8 09:10:01 EST 1995

It's possible that this group got hit with that wave of spams that chased
people off other list groups a month or two ago.  Then, again, the
scientists may have chosen to sway from this group because they were
disgusted with lay comments. 

At one time scientists hoped this list would be restricted to 
professional sharing, which they did for awhile.  Then lay readers 
contributed some nonscientific and non-professional commentary.

During the first part of this year, some very enlightening posts were 
submitted here and were educational for many of us.  It helped us voters 
keep up with the latest in aging and genetics research.  Some voter 
groups are interested in generating funding thru legislation for 
increased research.  Others connected with foundations, pension funds, 
and corporate investing groups would like to encourage R&D.

The list had been discussing the 'immortality' enzyme, telomerase.  Patrick 
disclosed a discovery about it one day, then quickly retracted his 
comments and has not been heard of since.???

Now we've got a wave of mortalists who are convinced that significant 
longevity increase is science fiction.  'Look at all the poeple who have 
already died.  How can it be different for us?'

On Wed, 8 Nov 1995, Paul Boduch (ES 
1997) wrote:

> 	I thought my last post would be provocative enough to at least 
> raise a few eyebrows. How come no one is continuing the thread about DNA 
> & Aging? Or maybe it's customary to wait more than 3 day for replies to this 
> group. Anyway, this group still looks really dead.

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