Re: Life in the Lab -- Fox and the Nobel Prize

Moorad Alexanian (
Fri, 07 May 1999 09:20:12 -0400

Dear Kevin,

I would use the word "destroy" rather than kill for something that is not
alive. It is true what I have heard that one can use very old cells to clone
a long dead animal? Is that true? If true, how old can those cells be? Do
such cells ever die?

Take care,


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Date: Wednesday, May 05, 1999 11:22 PM
Subject: Re: Life in the Lab -- Fox and the Nobel Prize

>In a message dated 5/5/99 9:45:30 AM Mountain Daylight Time,
> writes:
>> Death is the cessation of life, isn't it? Is there some living, material
>> thing that is eternal?
>That depends upon what you mean by eternal. However, cancer cells are
>biologically immortal, in that as long as you do not kill them, they will
>grow and reproduce indefinately, never "aging" or wearing out or dying when
>they get too old. Nor do they self-terminate like normal cells do. They
>as close as anything natural can be to eternal.
>In any event, I don't see what this has to do with protocells. You can
>protocells and they self-destruct like normal cells, so I guess using your
>reasoning that that would prove that they are alive.
>Kevin L. O'Brien