My question is one that could lead us down many different avenues of discussion.
I am not claiming to be an expert or specially qualified to make this an official endeavor by anyone other than myself, I simply want to ask the question.
I’m hoping this topic if exists currently will come to my attention so I can put it to rest, or if not we can grow the idea into something more.
My question is this… Is the mechanism for aging (and therefore death) designed for the very purpose of preserving life in the future? My thought comes from the idea that perhaps, this mechanism, whatever / however it works, records as much information into our DNA (or some cellular bank vault / file system / etc…) before the genes are passed on.
So, when your gene’s finally are passed on, your DNA merges with other DNA, there is some processes within the cellular development where it chooses the specific pieces of DNA based on the AGE of the person who had passed it. Not in years, or anything quite as obvious, but some way of determining that, because this human has lived X, the cellular process weighs it’s next genetic mutations and growths in favor of which ever one lived longer previously.
This doesn’t give us any information as to why certain people would live longer than others, but if you were to think simply like DNA, it would be a very strong indicator for how to make life. When you age, your cells degenerate, so that whole process could be leaving a specific mark or record of just how “Aged” a set of cells are or how old the mechanism is, thereby informing the next generation of cells just how long it lasted.
The reason that this observation is important and is different than others, is that points to a particular mechanism that could theoretically exist for the sole purpose or as a side purpose to intentionally age cells as a mark or record, or as a by product of the mark or record.
A plausible benefit would be that, if we knew what this mechanism was, we could potentially turn it off or see if we could reverse it (after you pass down your optimal genes).
Another possibility is that even if there is a mechanism in the cell that could record age, that it doesn’t have anything to do with the aging process. Maybe it’s just a secondary piece of the process.
Either way, it would certainly be helpful to know what to look for if we’re not looking already.