Monday, March 07, 2005

Living Forever

Brazilian believed to be world’s oldest woman
Maria Olivia da Silva recently celebrated her 125th birthday.

If a person can live to be 125 years young, what is
next for the human race?
Could we live for a few hundred years each sometime in the future?
In the Holy Bible, there are stories
about individuals living to be as old 600 to 800 years and more.
Is that in the future of humankind? To me it seems like it
might be fast-approaching.
What really is the maximum life expectancy for a human?
That's a good question, because I think that people could potentially live for
much longer than most currently do. This is proven by the article I read on MSNBC.com recently (with the link included below).

from: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7090143/


At 9:49 PM, Blogger jp said...

Hey, we were actually talking about this in my genetics class today... turns out that there is a specific set genetic cell life, coded for individuals by how much "junk" dna they have. Because every time a cell replicates, it loses a small portion of dna from the end of the strand, the junk dna (which we believe doesnt code for anything) is the section that gets chopped off. So, once our cells replicate enough for all of our junk dna to be cut off the strand, the dna that actually does code for something (i.e. B and T cell production, or proteins to keep our bones from breaking) begins to be cut off and our bodies stop functioning. In theory, if we could figure out a way to add junk dna, our cellular life could be prolonged and our physical bodies might not deteriorate as fast.


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