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Post by Dr.Doom » Sun Mar 06, 2005 9:52 am

It may be technical, but can anyone suggest some ideas about keeping the Human DNA at its original length? Due to problems with the telomeres, DNA is shorten after rounds of replications. To preserve that, cancer cells have telomerase to fix it, but normal cells don't and when the enzyme is introduced to the cell, the cell goes crazy and becomes cancerous. Are there ways to prevent that and keep the length of the DNA?

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Post by mith » Sun Mar 06, 2005 6:03 pm

Is it possible to remove the telomerase?
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Post by Dr.Doom » Sun Mar 06, 2005 7:55 pm

Sorry, i think i kind of messed up the question. Cancer cells naturally have telomerase but nomral cells don't. When you take the telomerase and introduce it to a normal cell, the cell becomes immortal but also cancerous. I'm just wondering if it is possible to achieve the good stuff without the good stuff :D

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Post by James » Mon Mar 07, 2005 5:56 pm

Can somebody please tell me what telomeres are/do? Immortality sounds like an interesting concept!

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Post by thank.darwin » Mon Mar 07, 2005 11:37 pm

Look at this site james...

http://users.rcn.com/jkimball.ma.ultran ... meres.html

Hope that helps :D
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Post by James » Tue Mar 08, 2005 10:34 pm

Ahh, very useful thanx :)

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Post by thank.darwin » Tue Mar 08, 2005 10:41 pm

You're Welcome :D
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