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explore Must Read Excerpt from a great New Book Hope of All Hopes From the earliest times of recorded history, humans have expressed a yearning for a life without end. With scholarly research, humor, and poignant anecdotes, Adam Leith Gollner examines our past and present beliefs about eternal life in The Book of Immortality: The Science, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever. Gollner has the eye of an investigative journalist and the pen of a lyrical writer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian, among other publications. We’re happy to offer a chapter from The Book of Immortality, available in stores this month. —Lance Elko, Editor ★ In 1912, the year he won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his breakthroughs into sutures and vascular surgery, medical biologist Alexis Carrel started a tissue culture of fibroblast cells from the heart of a chicken embryo. He placed the muscle cells in a stoppered flask and had lab assistants replenish the culture medium regularly. The culture proliferated, as he expected it would. Regularly nurtured with fresh poultry extract, the cells stayed alive for another three and a half decades. His findings proved — or so he thought — that cells are naturally immortal. “Death is not necessary,” Carrel wrote, it is “merely a contingent phenomenon.” Soon, he predicted, 98 august 2013 usairwaysmag.com we would be engineering human tissues from cell clusters and growing replacement organs in vitro. Growing old would be a thing of the past. We, like cells, are meant to live forever. He was wrong about cells living forever. Fifteen years after Carrel’s death, scientists realized that cells, like us, senesce and then die. But his predictions regarding regenerative medicine may now be getting closer to reality. In recent years, scientists studying tissue engineering managed to print out a fully beating, three-dimensional, two-chamber mouse heart using a modified desktop, ink-jet printer. By filling an ink-jet with cells, they’ve been able to “publish” functional human kidneys. Copyright © 2013 by 9165–2610 Quebec, Inc. From the forthcoming book The Book of Immortality: The Science, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever by Adam Leith Gollner published by Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Printed by permission. http://www.usairwaysmag.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - August 2013

US Airways - August 2013
Table of Contents
CEO Letter
From the Editor
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Hot Spots: Architectural Attractions
Wine & Dine: Italy's Gourmet Capital
Adventure: Diving for Dinner
Golf: The Wyndham Championship
Adventure: Drive Time at Bondurant
Great Escapes: Riu Resorts
Gear Up: Tools to Stay Cool
Travel Feature: Seattle's Outdoor Delights
US Airways: Staffing the Skies
Health Matters: Rapid Recovery
Special Section: Historically Black Colleges & Universities
Must Read: The Book of Immortality
Great Dates: Euphoria Festival
Puzzles
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
Video Entertainment
Audio Entertainment
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
Giving: Pulling Together
Window or Aisle?

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