X-Message-Number: 12269
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999 15:29:18 -0700 (PDT)
From: Doug Skrecky <>
Subject: fly experiment updates soon

  After a long hiatus my fly longevity experiments have been restarted. I
have also decided to investigate cryoprotectant toxicity as well. Feeding
high doses of glycerol to flies reduces their life span noticibly but if
the results of a preliminary experiment are further born out I feel I may
have found an effective blocker for the metabolic toxicity of glycerol. 
  The relevance of metabolic toxicity to high molar cryoprotectant 
toxicity to cryobiology, where tissues typically are under metabolic
arrest is debatible. However the only sure way to determine this is to do
a cryobiology experiment using such a blocker. My fly experiments can be
used to find such a blocker inexpensively. Indeed they may already have
succeeded. More on this later.

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