Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Ponce de Leon was a little too early

First, appologies for taking so long to get this post up but, I have been thinking about how to say this. I want to tell our readers about something that you definitely need to know about but, that being said, you should take what I am about to tell you with a healthy degree of skepticism, just as I do.

As many of you know, I have been interested in, and studying, molecular biology for nearly 10 years now. There are many companies around the world working on finding a way to slow, or reverse, aging. Some are more open about their goals than others but, regardless of their public position, from a profit prospective, aging reversal is the holy grail.

It has been my opinion for the last 4-5 years that the one company with the most potential to solve the problem was Geron. Although Geron is involved in many areas regarding the diseases associated with aging, the diseases of aging and aging itself are almost one and the same. There is not room here for me to get into exactly why I think Geron's approach to anti-aging is superior to anyone else's but, you can read all about the science on their web site or many other places.

Here is the real point of this post and the thing I want our readers to know about: Geron recently licensed a company called TA Sciences which, within the last month, has opened an office in New York. The purpose of TA Sciences is to market an anti-aging therapy developed over the last several years by Geron.

Why did Geron choose to market the product through TA Sciences instead of their own name? I think there are at least two reasons. One, companies that openly profess to be engaged in the emerging field of anti-aging research are often not taken seriously by the investment or the scientific communities. This method keeps the product at arms length for them. Secondly, it gives liability protection in the event that this turns out to be an absolute disaster and, that could happen, which is why I warned you to be skeptical of this, for now.

Now, most importantly, why do I think TA Sciences in not just another snake oil sales company? It very well could be but, the association with Geron, the MOA stem cell companies, gives it a certain credibility, in my mind, plus, they are taking the approach to the problem that I have always considered to be the most promising. On the 30th of this month, the full results of the human trials of the product are supposed to be published on the web site of TA Sciences. I am really looking forward to seeing that!

I know the emails are coming that will ask if we are going to take this treatment ourselves. We are still in our 50's, barely, but in good health. I think we can afford to wait a year or so and get more data. If I was 70 you can bet I would be thinking very seriously about giving it a go. If I was 80, I would already be on my way to New York simply based upon what I know about Geron and the science behind it.

This could very well be the first of many real anti-aging therapies that will come along over the next several years. In a later post I plan to discuss some of the socio-economic implications we are all going to face over the next few decades as a result of radical life extension. There will, no doubt, be huge issues but, we are just going to have to deal with them as a society because, this is coming sooner than most realize. This treatment from Geron and TA Sciences may not be the perfect solution but, there will be others right behind them.

If you are interested in following the research, I think you should start reading and learn the science inside and out. Understand that there could be serious risks at this stage. Here are some additional links that you might want to follow up on if you want to learn more:

Advanced Cell Technology
Sierra Sciences

Monday, April 09, 2007

Words Cause Real Harm

It is not often that I agree with Al Sharpton but, today we are definitely of like mind. I am referring to Sharpton's comments regarding the asinine statements made on the radio by Don Imus where he referred to the Rutger's Women's Basketball team as "Nappy headed hos".

I second Sharpton's statement that enough is enough! "Somewhere we must draw the line in what is tolerable in mainstream media," Sharpton said Sunday. "We cannot keep going through offending us and then apologizing and then acting like it never happened. Somewhere we've got to stop this."

The Imuses, the Richards, the Gibsons, and all the rest of the morons who have not figured out there are others in this world besides white Christians need to wake up and realize this is 2007, not 1907 - although, I doubt being an ass was any nicer in 1907 than today.

Of course, Imus did the standard celebrity apology the next day and said, "I am not a bad person, I just said a bad thing." Well, that is total bull shit because anyone who can verbalize those words, is a bad person, in at least one respect. I suspect, with many celebrities, this is a calculated move based upon the belief that any publicity is good publicity regardless of who gets hurt. Imus needs to wake his dumb ass up and join the present century. It is never too late to start the evolutionary process.

If you would like to delve a little deeper into the very serious damage these stupid, public comments cause, take a look at this short, eight minute, film by seventeen year old Kiri Davis. Let me warn you, it is hard to watch.

On a lighter note, if you would like to see some great wildflower photos from this year, take a look at our friend, Jo's blog, here. She has updated it just in the last couple of days and, trust me, you will like it.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Mobile Phone GPS Tracking

I found a very cool web site our readers might be interested in. It just makes my day when someone comes up with this kind of technology, then makes it freely available on the internet! Do you want to know where your kids are; now you can track their cell phone in real time. Did someone steal your cell phone; track it and see where it is right now, then call the police.

One thing I really like about this site is that it uses the Google Maps Satelite Images with a street map overlay to pinpoint the location of any cell phone. I think it must be using more than just simple GPS data because it seems to find all phones, even ones that are not GPS enabled. It must triangulate off the nearby towers as well.

Here is the link: Cell Phone Tracking