Thursday, August 18, 2005

Rejuvenation Therapy

NOBODY LIVES FOREVER - BUT we're about to get a whole lot closer, says Aubrey de Grey, a controversial age theorist and gene database manager at Cambridge University.

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"The rejuvenation therapies we are on the verge of developing will actually repair cellular damage", says Grey. "We accumulate various types of indigestible junk in our cells, which leads to things like atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and neurodegeneration. We can fix this by introducing enzymes from soil microbes than can break these things down."

In February's issue of the international journal Gerontology, Grey argues that recent advances in our understanding of aging may allow today's sixtysomethings to reach their 1,000th birthday.

For more information on anti-aging research, check out the Maximum Life Foundation, the Immortality Institute, and the Methusalah Foundation.

Note from DC: Can we really live to be 1,000? The beneficiaries of first-generation therapies will allow people to be in just as good health 30 years from now. By then, there will be more comprehensive therapies that will allow them to live until the next generation of therapies, that will allow them to live until the next, etc. Theoretically, people should then be able to live practically forever. The question is: Will they want to?

1 Comments:

Anonymous Kevin Perrott said...

I just tell people I want to live as long as I want to.. I find it hard to imagine a time when my curiousity about the world, the universe, and reality will be completely satisfied but if that day came.. I might be willing to see what happened by walking into some 'dissolution pod'... until then I think the search for ways of lessening the suffering and death to lack of control of our biology should be vigourously pursued with our natural human intelligence and ingenuity.

Kevin perrott

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