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Re: Re: starship-design: Suspended Animation
In a message dated 5/24/98 10:34:10 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>No, this wouldn't happen. The maximum age of an organisms depends upon
>the number of cell cycles possible for each different tissue. For
>example, a cell from a human lung can only divide up to 50 times. If you
>cultivate lung cells in a cell culture and deep-freeze them (in liquid
>nitrogen) after their 25th cycle (let's say, for 5 years), they will
>continue with cycle Nr. 26 when you thaw them up again - and will
>continue to grow at the same speed as before. For the cells, nothing has
>happened when they were frozen.
This being the celular clock Tim and I were refering to.