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Posted: 7 January 2008

Co-incidentally have just read this after spending the Christmas vacation reading Genome by Matt Ridley, of which much is written about telomeres and age. The flaw in this argument is that adults have to stay alive to about 35 to 40 to nurture offspring to an independent surivable age. So if life span was reduced below 35, well...goodbye species, courtesy adaptive evolution.

MindBullet logo LIFE EXPECTANCY LEVELS OFF AT 25
Government and business leaders now in their teens
Dateline: 1 April 2050
The cordial questions asked during Prime Minister's Question Time yesterday proved that this has been an interesting few decades. For the first time in almost 30 years the first hint of raw criticism has emerged again. With the eco-wars of 2020 now a distant memory, their impact continues to be felt even though the slide in life expectancy has been halted. The flu epidemics that hit world ...
 
Wolfgang Grulke See my reply to Anton's comments earlier in this MindBullet - this is certainly an unprecedented scenario - full of the most challengign impliations for humanity and, as you say, evolution!
Posted: 7 January 2008 at 12:34
 
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