Longevity: The disposable soma?

January 1, 2010
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Editorial

From the first alchemist's elixir of life to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, people have fantasized about immortality. Strictly speaking, one might argue that the body needs to exist only long enough to procreate.

From the first alchemist's elixir of life to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, people have fantasized about immortality. Strictly speaking, one might argue that the body needs to exist only long enough to procreate. The soma (all of the body's cells except for the sex cells) is disposable once genes have been passed to the next generation.

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