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Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life 333

porkchop_d_clown (39923) writes "When Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper died in 2005, she was the oldest woman in the world. [New Scientist reported Wednesday] that, at the end of her life, most of her white blood cells had been produced by just two stem cells — implying the rest of her blood stem cells had already died, and hinting at a possible limit to the human life span."
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Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 25, 2014 @11:38AM (#46841331)

    Genesis 6:3 says in the New Living Translation:

    Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years."

  • Re:Bank them (Score:4, Interesting)

    by cusco ( 717999 ) <brian,bixby&gmail,com> on Friday April 25, 2014 @01:58PM (#46842835)

    My grandfather just celebrated his 95th birthday, and my co-worker said, "I hope I get to be that age some day!" I replied that I surely did **NOT** want to ever arrive at that age, and he looked at me befuddled.

    I asked, "Do you know any 95 year-olds?" No, he didn't. "Think about his life. All his friends are dead. All his brothers and sisters are dead. His kids are in their 70s and due to die soon. He can't drive. He can't walk without a walker. His breakfast is made up of more pills by volume than toast. He can't see well, and his hearing is worse even when he wears his hearing aids. He hasn't been laid in 30 years and never will be again. Pain is a constant and has been for years. He hasn't had a drink of wine in over a decade. He hasn't been able to travel since 1997. What kind of life is that?"

    Mohamed was rather quiet for quite some time after that.

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