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New Meetup: Dying Young as Late in Life as Possible

From: Don W.
Sent on: Sunday, January 31, 2010 12:05 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The DC Atheists Meetup Group!

What: Dying Young as Late in Life as Possible

When: Thursday, February 11,[masked]:45 PM

Carnegie Institution
1530 P St NW
Washington, DC 20008

The speaker in this next Carnegie Institute for Science lecture has been making waves in the study of aging and cell regeneration. Will the lessons we learn about our own biology actually enable us to live a longer life and remain perennially youthful?

The event organizer intends to sit just behind the reserved seats in the front of the auditorium, no later than 6:15. For those who might wish to meet at the event this would be a good location to find each other. We will also be meeting at Cafe Luna after the lecture. We had excellent and extremely wide ranging discussions after the prior lecture.

The following is taken from the Carnegie web site, including the rather fanciful description of the lecture.

Speaker: Alejandro S?nchez Alvarado
Howard Hughes Medical Institute and The University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy

Dying Young as Late in Life as Possible:
Stem Cells, Tissue Renewal and Regeneration

What good is long life without youthful vigor? When the goddess Eos fell in love with Tithonus, a mere mortal, Zeus granted him the imperfect gift of immortality: Tithonus lived forever but did not stop aging, thus condemning his existence to one of eternal decrepitude. In Nature, organisms exist that can be said to remain perennially youthful, and consequently die young as late in life as possible. Learn what fundamental lessons such an organism is teaching us about our own biology.

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