Why I Love Scientists

Two articles in Harvard magazine remind me why I am so optimistic about scientific breakthroughs making the world a better place:

1. Researchers including Wayne Marasco may have found the Achilles heel of the flu virus.

2. When Amy Wagers surgically joined a young mouse and an old mouse so that their bloodstreams became shared, healing to muscle damage in the old mouse occurred much faster than it did in other old mice. Something in the young mouse’s blood helped repair the old mouse’s tissues. If that “something” can be isolated, who knows how many different uses it might have.

My prediction: the first humans to get their hands on that “something” will be professional bike racers.


Pro cycling is by far the most crooked pro-sport.


Who is going to save us from ourselves?


Who knew that Dara Torres was part mouse


Great, to save money on medicare, all youngsters will have to be hooked up to a senior....

(And listen to non-stop stories about walking up hill both ways in the snow even if the old person has never left Georgia....)


Howard Tayler

And the SECOND humans to get their hands on it will be in charge of preventing the first group from using it in competitions.

You and I? We're waiting for the fifth or sixth group of humans...


You're right about cycling. Too bad you just gave Greg Lemond something else to whine about.


That something was probably testosterone. (a schedule III banned substance.... that your body creates naturally)


Great, to save money on medicare, all youngsters will have to be hooked up to a senior

You're practically writing Sarah Palin's next book for her!

Christopher Strom

Watch for an obscure Italian or Swiss cyclist to emerge claiming that despite his "Conjoined Twin Myslexia", he should still be permitted to race in the Giro, Vuelta, and Tour.

Rich Wilson

Pro cycling is the most investigated sport. It is not more dirty, it simply is doing more to uncover the dirt. When the same scrutiny is applied to other sports, they'll be worse. It's all about the money, and there's more money to be made in other sports, hence more dirt.


As a scientist and competitive cyclist, I'd say the first group to get *caught* using "that something" will be pro cyclists. Pro football (both types) will probably adopt it first, and use with abandon and impunity.


I'm pretty sure that something is a fresh set of lungs, kidneys, and liver.


And the testosterone probably. Falling testosterone levels will prove to be a factor in the obesity and other health epidemics we are facing.



Lance Armstrong must be tired of feeling like sitting on the nail for so so long eh? ;)


Wasn't there a story about a royal in olden days who bathed in the blood of maidens? Maybe she was right. 'Course, there are no maidens left....

Kevin in McLean, VA

As the father of three kids all under the age of 8, I've noticed and admired their ability to heal quickly regardless of whether it is a wound or an illness. My 7 y.o. son was scratched by his 3 y.o. brother on Saturday morning and by Sunday afternoon the scratch (which was pretty angry looking initially) was almost completely gone. Whenever they figure out what it is, I'll take a couple of bottles.

Toby Edison

I would argue that Pro cyclists through their already well documented blood doping (using their own frozen blood for a later transfusion), and illegal transfusions have already tried this. But cyclists willl now start getting transfusions from the blood younger healthier people. Could be a good reason to clone yourself-to supply your older self with newer blood. Tyler Hamilton was banned from cycling for having an alien blood type in his system, he claimed it was from an unborn chimera twin he held in his body.

see: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/10/health/10bloo.html

Yet Another Dan

No wonder the poor Peruvians think we want to suck out their fat


If they would bother to test other athletes, I am sure you would find cycling is not such a "dirty" sport. They are caught, because they are tested so often. Tennis players are whining it is not reasonable to expect them to let drug testers know where they will be at all times, months in advance. Welcome to the world of the professional cyclists. If cylcists can do it, while traveling to races all over the world, I am sure other athletes can do it too.


I LOVE Harvard Magazine!