Michael R. Rose, Ph.D.
There are no superstitions like the superstitions of the profes-
sional biologist. Biology is a sprawling field no single person
can master in its entirety. Ask a professor of biology a ques-
tion about an area where they have never performed research,
and I will guarantee you that their answer will contain a fair
admixture of incorrectly recalled material from a long defunct
textbook, wild guesses, and pure superstition. Some Professors
might remember reviewing that subject for an oral exam held
midway through their doctoral program, but it was so long
ago that they would feel more comfortable if you let them
consult a textbook from their straining shelves. The decay of
their knowledge, still more their ignorance of recent research
developments, is palpable. There is little likelihood that they
will confidently pronounce facts of dubious value.
are generally of the opinion that aging is a deep mystery, which
no reasonable faculty member should research.
All things age, so it is probably something to do with
the laws of thermodynamics, or perhaps protein break-
down. Wasnt there some problem with aging in cells
that that fellow Hayburn, Hayflick, Haysomething