Pharyngula

Telomerase

Since I took Cell Biology last year, the Telomerase Gene has been an object of curiosity to me. Manipulating this pathway could slow down aging. On the other hand, it could be used in the opposite way to fight cancer. I do understand that this raises the ethical issue of how much we are supposed to tamper with. Then again, tampering is what we do as scientists, climbing mountains because they’re there.

I’ve been looking at this article for a paper I still haven’t started for Biochemistry.

Is any one here doing work with telomere regulation? If so, I’d like to here about it.

Comments

  1. #1 David Marjanovi?, OM
    November 12, 2007

    I’m reading a novel by Charles Sheffield called Aftermath where Telomerase treatment for cancer

    Quite so: for cancer, as opposed to against cancer.

    All surviving cancers have a mutation that turns telomerase production on. Guess why.