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Could we study cancer as a means of obtaining immortality in humans?

Cancer, the deadliest disease known to man, may just extend our lifetimes. Think about it, cancer is so deadly because cancer cells are immortal. They just keep multiplying and multiplying and none of the cancer cells die because they don have the 30 multiplications bio clock that normal cells have. So, if we could somehow study and decode cancer in such a way that the human genome could be modified for extended lifetime or immortality purposes, we could all avoid death, at least, for a very long time. What do you folks think?

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  • Jan 6 2013: Even if we did - Aren't there many other causes of death?
    • Jan 6 2013: Why would other causes of death matter if we achieved extended life using a cancer derived genetic code. I'm sure there would be health problems that came along with this, but they could be solved when we get there, but since said health problems are unknown to us yet because we haven't achieved the above idea, what health problems could you possibly be referring to?

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