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Deleting genes could boost lifespan


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Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified 238 genes that, when silenced, increase the lifespan of yeast cells.

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Why? The Earth is over crowded already. Yes, it does sound nice to live longer, but we need to be healthy as well and lower the population growth if we do try this.

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Why? The Earth is over crowded already.

If they'd rather die, then they had better do it and decrease the surplus population, Good night, gentlemen.

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Whilst you can keep the body alive, what would be the implications for the mind? It would be interesting to ascertain if there is any limit to what the mind could endure. Given the challenges and daily stresses of daily life I wonder if the long term endurance would pose a significant obstruction to longevity in the future.

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Whilst you can keep the body alive, what would be the implications for the mind? It would be interesting to ascertain if there is any limit to what the mind could endure. Given the challenges and daily stresses of daily life I wonder if the long term endurance would pose a significant obstruction to longevity in the future.

In a part of the documentary "Curiosity - Can You Live Forever", Adam Savage addressed the issue of the neurological and psychological implications of being immortal.

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The longer we live, the more we can invent. That's when we begin to be forced into space-space stations and colonies on the moon, and all that. That's what over population and human ingenuity will do with the time.

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The longer we live, the more we can invent. That's when we begin to be forced into space-space stations and colonies on the moon, and all that. That's what over population and human ingenuity will do with the time.

Yeah, cause knowledge is never passed on to succeeding generations, and old fogies are always better at math and engineering that the young turks.

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It is probably not as easy as just switching off genes. I'm sure that those genes have other functions as well besides shortening our life span.

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Actually its quite possible the genes they are listing may have been introduced to the body in times past and at this point have become so degraded that they have no use anymore.

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Here's an interesting question: If you had a chance to participate in a trial where they altered your gene(s) to test this, would you?

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Here's an interesting question: If you had a chance to participate in a trial where they altered your gene(s) to test this, would you?

Certainly not!

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