Nov 21, 2005

Did I tell you I plan to live forever?

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying. - Woody Allen

In the news (through KurzewilAI.net):

Geneticists claim ageing breakthrough but immortality will have to wait

The Guardian, November 18, 2005

A genetic experiment to unlock the secrets of the aging process has created organisms that live six times their usual lifespan, raising hopes that it might be possible to slow aging in humans.

In the experiment, Valter Longo, a biomedical gerontologist at the University of Southern California and his team knocked out two key genes, named Sir2 and SCH9, in yeast cells.

SCH9 governs the cells' ability to convert nutrients into energy. The researchers believe that the Sir2 gene normally plays a role in restricting an organism's lifespan, and allows energy from the food it eats to be directed into growth and reproduction. By blocking the gene, the cells were essentially tricked into believing food was scarce and switched them into a survival mode.


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7 comments:

martin the great said...

I plan to live forever, or die trying.

Algeroth said...

I plan to live forever, of course, but barring that I'd settle for a couple thousand years. Even five hundred would be pretty nice.

martin the great said...

Also, you'll be dead tired by your 200th birthday. That, or you're not living your life to its fullest.

Piotr Konieczny said...

Algeroth: ever played SMAC?

Martin: Maybe. Ask me this in 175 years and I will tell you if I agree with you ;p

Algeroth said...

EVER? Man, I have a Firaxis logo burned into my retina.

Piotr Konieczny said...

This was a great game. Shame that there is nothing similar - at least, nothing that I know of. The SMAC port to FreeCiv seems dead, or as good as...

martin the great said...

You're on. 22th November 2180 at 14:30 GMT, at the clock on Alexanderplatz, Berlin. I have my calendar marked.

SMAC's got a bit of a slow start, but once you get to the Planet Busters, it gets real fun =)

(coming from a guy who constantly nuked his opposition in Civ1)

 
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