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