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From: "John de Rivaz" <>
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Subject: Re: Punching The Timeclock Of Life
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2004 17:46:38 -0000

> From: Doug Skrecky <>

 > Source:   University Of Southern California

>  In research published in the Sept. 27 edition of the Journal of Cell
> Biology, Longo proposes that aging is programmed so that the majority of
> a population dies prematurely to provide nutrients for the sake of a few
> individuals who have acquired the genetic mutations that increase their

If this were true, then I would look for examples of where this program did
not run because of some disease or defect, and the individual lived for
hundreds of years before meeting with a fatal accident or infection. After
all, disease and defects damage every other process that runs in biological

If no such examples can be found then either

1. The theory is incorrect.
2. This process is the only one in the entire universe that is not subject
to damage through disease or defect.

(2) could be true, but Occam's Razor suggests (1) as being the right

If (2) is true, this would have very profound implications about the nature
of the universe.

Sincerely, John de Rivaz:  http://John.deRivaz.com for websites including
Cryonics Europe, Longevity Report, The Venturists, Porthtowan, Alec Harley
Reeves - inventor, Arthur Bowker - potter, de Rivaz genealogy,  Nomad .. and

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