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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 12 2013: I have also read that science is proposing harvesting our DNA to grow '2nd selves' in a lab, thereby have a 'replacement' body available to 'download' our essential personalities into. This would also, theoretically, accomplish perpetuity. The socio/ethical ramifications are enormous, and I don't believe we yet have the skills, or even the dialogue, to approach this issue. Possibly the long-term ramifications of women selling their eggs, and men their sperm, is a beginning to understanding the complexity, and singularity, of this issue.

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