Friday, November 11, 2005

Mighty Mouse


Our fellow scientitists have made a recent discovery that could have an impact on our lives someday. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center figured out that by tweaking a gene called Klotho we could actually live longer. According to Dr. Makoto Kuro-o, stimulating the Klotho gene appears to delay many of the effects of old age, like weakening of bones, clogging of the arteries and loss of muscle fitness. In laboratories this discovery has been shown to increase the lifespan of a mouse by 31%. Dr. Makoto Kuro-o said, "It could be one of the significant steps for developing anti-aging therapy." Kuro-o and colleagues discovered the Klotho gene, naming it after the mythical Greek fate that controlled the length of human life.

This is a fascinating find and could change human life as we know it. If we could go in for a treatment that would extend our lives what would we do with the extra time? Would we do anything different? What exactly do we want to accomplish with our time here? Well, we do not have to wait for this treatment to become a reality to think about how we spend our time. Time is the most valuable commodity on Earth and yet so few use it wisely. Someone once asked my Rabbi, "What would you do if you had one week left to live?" He replied, "Exactly what I did last week." Living each day as if it were our last allows us to set our priorities straight and live the most meaningful life possible. Then, if this life-prolonging treatment becomes available at our local clinic we will know what to do with it.

11 Comments:

At 11/11/2005 5:37 PM, Blogger Mata Hari said...

If you know that your life will be extended, there are practical implications - you need to save more money, you may have several careers. It's easy to say live each week/day as if it were your last - but if you really knew it was...wouldn't you be less careful about spending money knowing you didn't have to save for old age? wouldn't you be less worried about taking time off from work? would you bother going shopping for clothes that you aren't going to need? nice blog by the way.

 
At 11/12/2005 6:37 PM, Blogger Jew Speak said...

mata hari,

Good questions. What my Rabbi meant by living each week like it were his last is he builds his week around his highest priorities. For example he spends quality time with each one of his family members, says nice things to others, does kind deeds etc. If we feel like we have all the time in the world we may not make that extra phone call or say/do that nice thing. Living this way usually leaves us with regret.

 
At 11/13/2005 3:24 AM, Blogger Semgirl said...

Excellent post. Its like the story about the Chofetz Chaim. A guest at his house asked where is your nice furniture, so he said where is yours. To whic the guest responded I am only passing thru. The Chofetz Chaim said so am I.

Btw could you please tell me how to post a link in a comment.

 
At 11/13/2005 5:59 AM, Blogger Lvnsm27 said...

Great post. Especially for me because I keep procrastinating. lol :)

 
At 11/13/2005 2:15 PM, Blogger Jew Speak said...

Semgirl, nice comment. It is very similar to the story of the Chofetz Chaim. How I wish I could see this world as he did.

Lvnsm27, I also procrastinate sometimes. The goal is to keep reminding ourselves of our priorities until we live according to them.

 
At 11/14/2005 11:48 AM, Blogger Pragmatician said...

Extending life can be a nice thing, but let's not forget that once people who were very sick passed on, now very sick people are made to suffer hell on earth and then die, so I don't know if I'm so hot for this new medicine.

 
At 12/01/2005 9:34 PM, Blogger Eshet Chayil said...

Crazy...mata has a good point. If people want to live longer there are ways. "Tweaking" things is going to make a mess. Look at the ideas of cloning and such. I can imagine the first human to be cloned to be the picture of a guy really high on PCP. All really scary thoughts to me. If someone wants to live longer, all they have to do is take care of themself.

 
At 12/18/2005 11:11 AM, Blogger johneysmith1290 said...

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At 12/28/2005 12:51 PM, Blogger meghaningals0764 said...

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At 4/03/2006 7:00 PM, Blogger Chai18 said...

interesting post

 
At 4/27/2006 9:24 PM, Blogger FrumGirl said...

So the fountain of youth may have been finally discovered... thats great! I wonder what this will really mean with regards to economics and overcrowding. Just a thought - something always balances the scales (pandemic?)... scary!

 

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