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All images courtesy Joy Garnett 1997-1998.
First Pulse: A personal journey in cancer research  -   Excerpts  + Plates    
I see life as having an arc, a roundedness to it. The purpose of medical research is to restore vigor and health. You are, however, supposed to get out of the picture at some point, and make way for others. I believe that the organism is supposed to grow old, but it's not supposed to live sickly. It's not the responsibility of research to make people live forever, and I don't see the cellular apparatus intended to do that. Immortal organisms are all very low forms. They ferment. You can make beer, wine, and cheese with them. I think that's what immortality is for.

...Throughout the years, I have looked for the developmental enzymes. These are mystery enzymes. Everybody wants to know why the cell develops into something different. As you grow older, you become a different creature. We can only study the individual reactions that are definable and clear, but in the cell we have a concert being played. It has a prelude in the baby and the small child, then an overture in the adolescent, then the recurring themes of the mature adult and finally the old--all because of the mystery developmental enzymes. Now I'm not saying that the enzymes turn on and off. A new enzyme comes on the stage. There are new players as the drama unfolds. It's gene expression, and what we bring here to genetics is the suggestion that the developmental reactions rely heavily on energy. I refer to this as electrogenetics. Electrogenetics is a new subject. There are three enzymes that I have copied in catalytic ways which seem to cause development, and which can be used to treat tumors. But that's just the tip of the iceberg....

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