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(WTSP)   Japanese scientists have found a way to slow down the aging process.... In flowers. But there is still no cure for cancer   (wtsp.com) divider line 22
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2014-07-06 09:49:14 AM  
That's an important step, especially if any part of the research ends up applying to humans. But even keeping it to plants, imagine if they were able to extend the life of the fruit and vegetables we eat. Reducing spoilage could be incredibly important.

Plus, I'm sick of ordering flowers online and when they arrive they all have tiny little beards.
 
2014-07-06 10:54:47 AM  
Poison Ivy is hatching another scheme. Light up the Bat Signal.
 
2014-07-06 11:20:18 AM  
Flowers get cancer?
 
2014-07-06 11:23:10 AM  
Who wants to lime forever?
 
2014-07-06 11:35:09 AM  
I wonder if these scientists have researched phragmipediums. The individual flowers aren't known for their long lifespan, each typically lasting only 7 - 14 days. But, once the flowers are open, they don't age while on the plant. When they're done, they simply drop off, looking just as fresh as they did when they first opened.
 
2014-07-06 11:44:24 AM  
[pours out some of his 40 for our long-lost immortality freakazoid]
 
2014-07-06 12:02:06 PM  
A lot of Japan headlines, is someone getting their weeaboo fix this morning?
 
2014-07-06 12:23:34 PM  
Considering the average human is barely above the intelligence of a vegetable, this is probably good news for them.
 
2014-07-06 12:31:42 PM  

AgentPothead: Considering the average human is barely above the intelligence of a vegetable, this is probably good news for them.


BROCCOLI
 
2014-07-06 01:42:32 PM  
First thing I thought of:

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2014-07-06 01:44:54 PM  

theorellior: [pours out some of his 40 for our long-lost immortality freakazoid]


Is that the guy who is like, Why we goin' space!?  We need to be adding 2 years to my lifespan!!  Or am I misremembering something.   He's not here anymore?
 
2014-07-06 01:48:59 PM  

DrMcNinja: Is that the guy who is like, Why we goin' space!? We need to be adding 2 years to my lifespan!! Or am I misremembering something. He's not here anymore?


No, he ragequit in December after getting a time-out for blatantly trolling a thread that had nothing to do with space, longevity or immortality.
 
2014-07-06 02:15:08 PM  
One depressing aspect of Fark is that you can never tell which side of the stupid line that submitters stand on.
 
2014-07-06 03:36:02 PM  

LewDux: AgentPothead: Considering the average human is barely above the intelligence of a vegetable, this is probably good news for them.

BROCCOLI


flash.esva.net
No Data you don't understand. That's just something we call him behind his back.
 
2014-07-06 03:44:39 PM  

RussianPooper: Flowers get cancer?


Actually not only is this not a cure for cancer - but this could give flowers cancer. "Programmed cell death" is biology talk for "I think if I keep going I'll become cancer so I'll just stop now."

The original journal article this story is based on: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tpj.12605/abstract

This has some small chance of being useful for stopping human aging - but is more likely to develop into a way to give humans cancer since we also have programmed cell death.
 
2014-07-06 03:48:34 PM  

RussianPooper: Flowers get cancer?


Canker is a disease of plants
Cancer one of animals.
 
2014-07-06 04:20:04 PM  
If current attempts to grown human organs in the lab are successful, you will be able to swap your old worn out organs for shiny new ones every fifty years.  The only one you can't swap is your brain. But there is research to renew the brain using elements found in young blood. Stem cells also hold promise for replacing neurons, and there is also the KL-VS  gene which is related to longevity and supposedly accounts for about 6 iq points of intelligence.
 
2014-07-06 04:25:14 PM  

DrMcNinja: Is that the guy who is like, Why we goin' space!?  We need to be adding 2 years to my lifespan!!  Or am I misremembering something.   He's not here anymore?


He quit that pointless waste of time that Fark is, but I can replace him if there is demand.

As for the article, nothing wrong with understanding aging process in flowers. After all, there is only one biology. It is highly likely that knowledge acquired through that research will be later used, in some form, in human aging research. The ocean is built of drops, and anything that increases my lifespan and the quality of late-years life is great.

Of course, I would really like to see a massive research into cryogenics. Currently it's the only field that has a snowball chance in hell to give me immortality, and that's something I desire beyond anything else.
 
2014-07-06 07:24:02 PM  
So, they finally carved up the ragweed genome and developed boosterspice?
 
2014-07-06 07:56:41 PM  

Grahor: He quit that pointless waste of time that Fark is, but I can replace him if there is demand.


How selfless of you. Staying here to fulfill a need, even when your very bones are crying out to leave.

Why don't you go away and check back to see if we miss you?
 
2014-07-06 08:33:15 PM  

theorellior: Grahor: He quit that pointless waste of time that Fark is, but I can replace him if there is demand.

How selfless of you. Staying here to fulfill a need, even when your very bones are crying out to leave.

Why don't you go away and check back to see if we miss you?


This is all very interesting, like a soap opera of sorts.
 
2014-07-06 10:19:43 PM  

DrMcNinja: theorellior: Grahor: He quit that pointless waste of time that Fark is, but I can replace him if there is demand.

How selfless of you. Staying here to fulfill a need, even when your very bones are crying out to leave.

Why don't you go away and check back to see if we miss you?

This is all very interesting, like a soap opera of sorts.


Welcome to Fark, I expect!
 
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