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  1. #1 Need biology help for plausible fiction story 
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    Ive read that bats and sharks have the strongest immune systems, however when it comes to bats i dont find any information. And when it comes to sharks i read much of it is myth?

    Im currently writing a fiction book where a man that discovers the secret of immortality Fails, due to the antiage potion causing cancer and infections that kills the subject. The idea is that he somehow manages to use DNA from an animal with an immune system so strong that the body survives the initial injection, and thus successfully reaches his goal. Its fiction but i still want the story to as plausible as possible.

    Not sure but is it even posible today to manipulate or transfer genes from the animal kingdom to put those traits such as a immune system in humans? Or is the immune system a part that requires the whole?


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    My suggestion is that you forget about bats and sharks, and switch to crocodiles. These guys are tough! They fight each other in the foulest, dirtiest waters, tearing themselves and healing without infection. Their immune systems are awesome!
    http://medicineandman.com/blog/2005/...ocodile-blood/


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    Thanks skeptic Ill use crocs instead then!
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    Saw your signature so whats fiction a lie or the truth?
    or maybe something in between?

    Seriously you wanted help with ideas here is a good link

    http://scienceblog.com/40654/scienti...aging-process/
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    In addition to the above I recommend that you look up telomerase, which repairs telomeres when cells divide, allowing them to divide indefinitely (thus preventing aging).
    Mice with high levels of telomerase did not live any longer however due to high cancer incidence.

    Decreasing telomere lengths eventually prevent cells from being able to divide, thus helping to prevent cancer (uncontrolled cellular reproduction), but also eventually make tissue repairs problematic.
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