By Stanley Shostak
Explores how new organs should be engineered through cloning and reproductive expertise to provide human immortality.
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Schrödinger predicts that revelation will come from “the material carrier of life” (pg. 5)—the self-reproducing unit of hereditary information or gene found on the chromosome which he considered “an aperiodic crystal” (Pg. 5) or “solid” (Pg. 65), or probably only an axial skeleton ﬁbre of what we actually see under the microscope as the chromosome, that contain in some kind of code-script the entire patterns of the individual’s future development and of its functioning in the mature state (Pg. 22).
122 Still, the relevance of Hayﬂick numbers and telomeres to cellular longevity is unclear. The Hayﬂick numbers may not be relevant at all to stem cells. According to the cell physiologists, Potten and Loefﬂer: [I]n a 70 year life-span the small intestinal crypt stem cells in man might divide 5000 times. 123 Hayﬂick numbers may still be relevant to the determination of senescence in ﬁbroblasts, but, at the moment, a cell’s history of divisions is not easily tied to its death, and no less to the death of the organisms.
143 Basically, the DNA/genes, which determine virtually everything about us, are quintessentially selﬁsh. Their objective or intention, like that of parasites, is merely to perpetuate themselves by moving from one adult host to the next (leaving the sinking [somatoplasmic] ship). One might wonder why at least some DNA/genes (my own, for instance) would not be satisﬁed with replicating indeﬁnitely through my own cells, without moving to another vessel in another generation? The answer may be that while some DNA/genes are happy within the organisms they have built, other genes are not, and, out of discontent or jealousy, unhappy genes develop counter-strategies for defeating happy DNA/genes.