X-Message-Number: 14234
Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2000 13:54:15 EDT
Subject: Re: Bowhead whales may live past 200 Msg#14206

 From: Quantum Mechanic <>
> Well they're certainly gonna be far from the longest-lived animal, if the 
> oldest is only 211. Some species of tortoises for instance live way past 
> 200. 

Tortoises have a slow metabolism, so they can have a long life with no
trick to overcome senility. It is quite another matter for mammals such
whales. One of the longevity determinant is the repair capacity of
mitochondrias, if this is what give whales their longevity,we could
use them in a cloned man.

Yvan Bozzonetti.

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