The new Immortality Institute home page is up and running - a far better reflection of the discussions and activities coordinated within the forums. The Institute has become a watering hole for a well-connected group of younger life scientists, advocates and supporters; these folk stand firmly in support of rapid progress towards the technologies of radical life extension. The new front page shows this well: mainstream scientific publications by members; serious discussions of pressing questions in present day aging research.
As examples of the type of discussion taking place in the Immortality Institute forums, you might want to peruse the following threads:
If someone can offer an explanation other than tumour suppression for why all human cell types express only the absolute minimum quantity of telomerase that is compatible with their lifelong function, I'll start to take the life-extension potential of these reports more seriously. Until then...
I'm rooting for these people, because we need to see more competition in that marketplace. I'm particularly rooting for those who'll provide the fundamental enabling products that unleash the creativity of others -- the bioinformatics tools, the lab-on-a-chip devices, the gene-parsing and analysis software, the low-cost rapid gene-sequencers, the gene synthesizers, the gene-parsing and analysis software, cheaper and smaller protein crystallography systems, etc, etc. But in which area will we first see movement coming from? Which part of the logjam or gordian knot will loosen up first? I'm thinking it's the lab-on-a-chip devices which will create the most movement in the biotech industry.
I having been reading some of the old sci.life-extension discussions and have realized how little progress we have been making in the last ten years. We still have to discuss why relevant science is not being progressed with deserved effort, or wonder why public does not know jack about this field.
This area of research is totally, ridiculously neglected, especially in higher animals. Great question. Should have been systematically asked long ago in the lab, imo. For a start, this is an inspiring experiment in worms.
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