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Books, Journals, New Media
October 8, 2003


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Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(14):1924-1925. doi:10.1001/jama.290.14.1924

Who are the "merchants of immortality" that Stephen Hall is referring to in the title of this book? As it opens, the author is looking at the heavens and thinking about the time-honored problems of aging and death and the potential for intervening in the aging process, but the book is really the story of one scientist-entrepreneur, Michael West, PhD. Hall takes us through West's quest for life-extension therapies, beginning with the idea of telomerase as a therapy for ever-shortening telomeres and ending with therapy based on embryonic stem cells, particularly personalized embryonic stem cells generated by somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT).

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