Sunday, 28 April 2013

What have you done for immortality? What are you personally doing to help science create means of radical life extension? What can you do? I

Maria Konovalenko (http://www.facebook.com/MariaKonovalenko?fref=ts)  asked a question " What have you done for immortality? What are you personally doing to help science create means of radical life extension? What can you do? " at her Facebook page. I decided to  answer her question.

I had a very productive week. We are four weeks into the experiment with the Hutchinson-Gilford cells treated with a variety of compounds. We even tried doxirubicin (yeah, it was crazy, but I really wanted to try it), which killed most of the cells, but it will be interesting to see the changes in the surviving ones.

I also completed most of the statistical analysis for my boss's new model of economic growth, which now incorporates "Rejuvenation Rate" among other factors. I must say that it was not easy and I hope that he tries to publish it soon. This project is dragging for four months now. We had the first draft of the paper in December.

We also had four group meetings with the teams of our First Open Institute for Regenerative Medicine for Young Scientists (FOIRMYS, a very stupid name and acronym I don't really like). One particular project we have on  endometriosis fascinates me. This is probably the best team ever, because most of the team members are not only enthusiastic, but also more or less professional and knowledgeable. Plus, we have a very promising patient, who is very interested in supporting our team and is slowly getting into the management role.

I can't wait for the summer so that regular coursework and exams do not take my focus away from laboratory research, bioinformatics and my work in aging economics.

By the way, the above was a story for my TOEFL prep course. I will take my first TOEFL exam on May, so if you see any grammar or spelling mistakes, please let me know.

When you read this brief abstract ask yourself "What am I doing to fight aging?".  I wish I could do more, but a grand problem requires a grand team effort. 




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