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Comment: Re:epigenetics (Score 2) 18

by phantomfive (#49788423) Attached to: Scientists Reverse Aging In Human Cell Lines

Can you break this down for me sesame street style? 31 year old alcoholic idiot here...

1) Don't drink so much.
2) Not all of our genes are active. For example, if you exercise then certain genes activate (presumably ones that say 'big muscles?').
3) When we get old, our 'aging' genes activate.
4) These scientists found a way to 'deactivate' the aging genes.

I have no idea if that made more sense. I don't think this is the only problem with aging, though; here is a list of known problems.

Comment: epigenetics (Score 4, Interesting) 18

by phantomfive (#49788365) Attached to: Scientists Reverse Aging In Human Cell Lines
The scientists compared cells from 80-97 year olds, and kids under age 12. From the article:

As expected, the older cells had reduced cellular respiration, but the older cells did not show more DNA damage than those from children. This discovery led the team to propose that the reduced cellular function is tied to epigenetic regulation,

So it seems like the aging process of reduced cellular respiration comes from gene expression, that is, which genes are active, rather than their inability to perform.

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 1) 182

I probably disagree with him on over half of his positions

I don't think there's any way to avoid that. You'll never get someone who agrees with you 100% unless you run yourself.

The things I look for are:
1) Competency
2) Good character
3) Won't mess up the world by starting wars
4) Won't mess up the economy with weird domestic policies (privatize social security, for example, or a $20 national minimum wage).

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 1) 182

That being said, Bernie is an interesting cat. He is a true socialist, who believes government has the ability to manage and shape the economy without unintended consequences.

You have to balance that against the fact that there will probably be Republican control of one or both houses of congress. Any time either party gets too much control, they go crazy, including payouts for constituents, etc.

In any case, how would you see him compared to Hillary?

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 3, Insightful) 182

Bernie Sanders........who says, "no single financial institution should have holdings so extensive that its failure would send the world economy into crisis. If an institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist."

I can sure support him on that. Paul Volcker says the same thing. Reading through his Wikipedia entry, I don't agree with him on everything, but he seems like a clear-minded and decent guy.

Comment: Re:No matter what you do these days... (Score 1) 115

btw, if you ask me (and no reason you should), then I would say what Paul Volcker said (who is more qualified than any of the bankers trusted by Obama). He said, "Any bank that needs money from the government should be closed down, or broken into pieces and sold."

That is exactly what should have happened.

Comment: Re:Great Recession part II? (Score 1) 736

Pensions are just money lent by the workers to be given back later.

That's not how government pensions work.

If you add it all up, you'll find that the taxes you pay are not enough to cover the pension + healthcare now + healthcare after retirement. That's why Portugal has a problem.

Recent research has tended to show that the Abominable No-Man is being replaced by the Prohibitive Procrastinator. -- C.N. Parkinson