How are there immortal cells?

Immortal Cells and the Community

When life was first created on this planet, natural death did not exist. “Primitive” single-celled organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, algae, and protozoa (e.g., amoebae and paramecia), were immortal.
Cells would grow until they reached a certain size; they would then divide, forming two daughter cells, which in turn would repeat the cycle. If unicellular organisms would age and die, then they would not provide a sustainable lineage. Think of it this way. The amoeba you see under a microscope today is technically the same cell as the original amoeba that existed more than three billion years ago.

Now that’s the kind of aging we can live with!


11 thoughts on “How are there immortal cells?

  1. There must be a disconnect somewhere between our own cells dying and reproducing. There is, of course, nothing wrong with individual cells being “used up”, but when they are “renewed”, technically we should not age. The most common excuse (sorry, reason) for the “renewed” cells to function less well than their predecessors is that the telomeres in the chromosomes also tend to wear out. Is that one of many reasons or really the only one? In your book, The Biology of Belief, you make a strong case for the environment that plays a part in genetic adaptation. If I choose self-destructive environments – eat foods with poor nutrition, drink soda and alcohol, breathe stale air all day – it seems obvious these will also ‘age’ me by destroying more cells than the body can create, or destroying the environment in which the body creates cells, so that the new cells are weaker than they should be. Is that about the right scenario? Is there more to it?

    • This means that we should take care of leaving healthy cells to the world after ‘dying’ when leaving the bosy. And as science (see Bruce Lipton) teaches : also our thoughts ply our DNA. So the information we leave behind should be positive and creative.

    • I would observe that the human bio-system has very evidently been sabotaged. The disconnection of 98% of our DNA, limited access to brain function, endocrine system shutdown at a certain age are red flags. Substantial evidence points to a deliberate bio-strategy to shorten the human lifespan. That is completely disregarding the environmental sabotage. That said, we may think of it as a blessing, not living eternally at the present level of human consciousness.

  2. Where is our mind in all of this..I ask? Is it not possible to renew our thoughts about our present state of being, thus allowing the innate power within us to trigger a new mind set… as well as a new set of cells? Is it not the Biology of our Belief system that is ingrained deep within each one of us that determines the course of our bodies evolution or extinction. I believe all things are possible…All THINGS. ”As it is above…so it is below”. Personally feel that we need to adventure into the unknown and find answers..and the unknown lies within….where all our answers await .

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  4. Feeling, as I do led me this work.
    I want to understand more.
    I also believe that Pythagoras and other scholars….are somehow in the center of this cyclone.

  5. Thank you. This subject opens up an inner dialogue which is not only fascinating, but is the core foundation of whether our species can survive or self destruct.
    The questions raised are vitally important as we are aware that on a collective, global level, there is no justice or absolutes which were understood in previous decades. I believe that if a common denominator of human nature is addressed, we may ‘wake up’.

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