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(LA Times)   Researchers unlocking key to longevity in using the ugly-ass naked mole rat (Pics SFW but sincerely ugly)   (latimes.com) divider line 24
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2013-10-02 08:40:25 AM
All mimsy were ye borogoves; and ye  mome raths outgrabe.
 
2013-10-02 08:44:40 AM
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"I think they're adorable!"
 
2013-10-02 08:46:08 AM
Also:  if you GIS "Kim Possible naked molerat", you get some very interesting images.
 
2013-10-02 08:46:48 AM

DjangoStonereaver: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x280]

"I think they're adorable!"


They look like a penis with legs and teeth, of course you love them Kim.

/I'm just saying, Ron joined the football team because he was tired of waiting in line for them to get done.
 
2013-10-02 09:55:31 AM
Where the hell is Quantum Apostrophe???
 
2013-10-02 10:02:21 AM
This thread needs some True Facts.
 
2013-10-02 10:39:08 AM
"Who wouldn't love to find ways to slow down death, and maybe cure a few intractable diseases along the way? "

Lots of people.

Carousel Beast: Where the hell is Quantum Apostrophe???


Right here sweets. I hope you're happy with your handful of decades. What if you die of old age the day after they make the first warp drive? Gasp!
 
2013-10-02 11:01:10 AM

DjangoStonereaver: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x280]

"I think they're adorable!"


Came for Rufus, leaving satisfied.

/turn the light off on your way out
 
2013-10-02 11:09:51 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: "Who wouldn't love to find ways to slow down death, and maybe cure a few intractable diseases along the way? "

Lots of people.

Carousel Beast: Where the hell is Quantum Apostrophe???

Right here sweets. I hope you're happy with your handful of decades. What if you die of old age the day after they make the first warp drive? Gasp!


I hope an asteroid takes out the entire continent you're standing on the day after they make you un-aging.
 
2013-10-02 11:44:51 AM
But how can they discover new medicine? It's not like they're using elements that didn't EXIST before! They're just rearranging already existing things! Developing new materials new medicines is UNPOSSIBLE.
 
2013-10-02 11:53:02 AM
The Clenis!!

www.anorak.co.uk
 
2013-10-02 12:36:17 PM

LowbrowDeluxe: I hope an asteroid takes out the entire continent you're standing on the day after they make you un-aging.


Nice to see how the "species must survive" set really thinks. Don't you have a Space Club 7 meeting in 26 minutes?

/You repulsive creature
 
2013-10-02 12:37:09 PM

Felgraf: But how can they discover new medicine? It's not like they're using elements that didn't EXIST before! They're just rearranging already existing things! Developing new materials new medicines is UNPOSSIBLE.


Yes! Rearranging billions of molecules! How can they find a new PATTERN?

You lackwitted buffoon.
 
Zel
2013-10-02 12:45:11 PM
Well that was a fun thread... er escalated quickly... threadshiatting.

This mole carries some new biology we need to study the hell out of.
 
2013-10-02 12:49:54 PM

Zel: Well that was a fun thread... er escalated quickly... threadshiatting.

This mole carries some new biology we need to study the hell out of.


We gotta explore it. Where's the excitement? Where are the hordes of geeks and nerds saying this is the most important thing ever?

Where's Elon Musk? Oh, he only backs decades-old stuff and milks the hell out of it.

He's too much of a coward to back truly groundbreaking stuff.

/Where do these rats keep their mitochondria?
 
Zel
2013-10-02 01:05:11 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: We gotta explore it. Where's the excitement? Where are the hordes of geeks and nerds saying this is the most important thing ever?

Where's Elon Musk? Oh, he only backs decades-old stuff and milks the hell out of it.

He's too much of a coward to back truly groundbreaking stuff.

/Where do these rats keep their mitochondria?


It's new. Getting to Fark is the beginning of the excitement. It's been known for a while that these guys don't get cancer, but proving a negative is notoriously difficult. How do we know we just haven't seen it yet? Maybe we didn't see any cancer because they have short lifespans? So it took a few years' study of keeping them in captivity to know that it wasnt just a selection bias. These guys really are immune to cancer. The hype is starting now, because it's going to cost a lot of $$ and research time to fully explore this species. Hell we don't know everything there is to know about mouse biology yet.

Elon Musk? Gosh, why isn't Bill Gates and Bill Clinton and Superman over here saving the world?  It's called threadshiatting when you change topics to one more politically inflammable.

I'd rather talk about where the naked mole rat keeps its mitochondria. Probably like all mammals it's a symbiont within each cell, but it's worth a look to verify.
Here's an interesting bit: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24082110  the protein generation machinery is unique and shows less errors than other animals, Whereas human protein generation is prone to random error the naked mole rat has a better method with higher accuracy.
 
2013-10-02 01:10:25 PM

Zel: I'd rather talk about where the naked mole rat keeps its mitochondria. Probably like all mammals it's a symbiont within each cell, but it's worth a look to verify.


I ask because of birds.

Zel: Here's an interesting bit: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24082110 the protein generation machinery is unique and shows less errors than other animals, Whereas human protein generation is prone to random error the naked mole rat has a better method with higher accuracy.


Impossible: noted and world-renown molecular biologist and bioinformaticist Dr. Felgraf, this is not possible.
 
2013-10-02 01:23:03 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Felgraf: But how can they discover new medicine? It's not like they're using elements that didn't EXIST before! They're just rearranging already existing things! Developing new materials new medicines is UNPOSSIBLE.

Yes! Rearranging billions of molecules! How can they find a new PATTERN?

You lackwitted buffoon.


No, impossible. New patterns don't just mean a new material new medicine! SO IT CAN'T BE A NEW DISCOVERY.
 
2013-10-02 01:25:40 PM

Felgraf: Quantum Apostrophe: Felgraf: But how can they discover new medicine? It's not like they're using elements that didn't EXIST before! They're just rearranging already existing things! Developing new materials new medicines is UNPOSSIBLE.

Yes! Rearranging billions of molecules! How can they find a new PATTERN?

You lackwitted buffoon.

No, impossible. New patterns don't just mean a new material new medicine! SO IT CAN'T BE A NEW DISCOVERY.


You're making no sense whatsoever. You're late for your Space Club 7 meeting. Better run along; it's Death Asteroid Worship this afternoon.
 
2013-10-02 01:39:41 PM
I'm a space nutter who thinks this is a very important thing. Any advancement or new understanding in science is a boost to every seeker of knowledge and engineer.

One of the major priorities of life is normally to stay alive. It isn't universal on the individual level but I would love some of that Fountain of Eternal Youth (and health) elixer to see us get further along.
 
2013-10-02 03:21:06 PM

BolloxReader: I'm a space nutter who thinks this is a very important thing. Any advancement or new understanding in science is a boost to every seeker of knowledge and engineer.

One of the major priorities of life is normally to stay alive. It isn't universal on the individual level but I would love some of that Fountain of Eternal Youth (and health) elixer to see us get further along.

I agree, although finding something that works in a non-primate species (or even in *another* primate species) may not translate very easily into human use (see: Lots and lots of potential cancer treatements). Doesn't mean we shouldn't try, of course!

... Although, the double-blind trials for the first longevity drug are going to be a biatch when it comes to human testing. "Are you dead yet? Are you dead yet? Are you dead yet?"

That is going to be one motherfarking long study, that.
 
2013-10-02 03:43:17 PM
QA is as likely to extend his life as I am to live on Mars...
 
2013-10-02 05:59:41 PM

dready zim: QA is as likely to extend his life as I am to live on Mars...


I already extended my life by the excellent choice of being born in the 20th century in a Western country. So have you I guess.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alagebrium

Yeah, I wouldn't pack my bags for Mars just yet! But that fishbowl over your head suits you.
 
2013-10-02 09:47:54 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: dready zim: QA is as likely to extend his life as I am to live on Mars...

I already extended my life by the excellent choice of being born in the 20th century in a Western country. So have you I guess.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alagebrium

Yeah, I wouldn't pack my bags for Mars just yet! But that fishbowl over your head suits you.


The only lives that get extended are those that would have died early. The longest lived among us did not get there by western medicine. If that were so, we would have people living to 150 by now. There is no magic pill that will extend a 114 y/o to live another 10 years. Baring accident or disease, your life expectancy is determined by your heredity. My family tree has many people in it who lived into their late 90s, so I expect that my genetics will let me live that long if I can avoid accidents and take care of my body. Modern medicine has increased the average life span through fixing heart problems and curing diseases that were fatal. It has yet to show an ability to extend human life beyond the normal aging factor.
 
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