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A fountain of youth pill could be on the horizon after scientists more than DOUBLED the lifespan of the humble earthworm.
What’s more the creepy crawly’s offspring were also healthier – offering hope that longevity would increase “down the generations.”
The British team’s breakthrough involves switching off an ‘ageing’ gene known as DAF-2.
By reducing its expression the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans lived over twice as long as normal.
This would be like us living up to 200 years.
I wonder what would happen to the brain? Would people become senile or go insane?
originally posted by: MichiganSwampBuck
Being healthy at an expanded age would be important. I wonder what would happen to the brain? Would people become senile or go insane?
Just because you have a longer lifespan won't make you live longer necessarily, you could die from any number of illnesses or accidents, you may even want to die after living long enough. You'd have to have something to live for after everyone you know dies before you do.
With as much changes I've seen at my current age, I may not want to see what happens next. I'm pretty disturbed by the direction most things are taking. I'll likely die thinking I don't want to see what culture continues to degenerate into after living a normal life span. I've been trying to ignore it as much as possibly lately, I'd likely become a complete hermit if I lived past 100 years old. It doesn't seem like I'd be too happy living an unnaturally long life span.
originally posted by: Quantumgamer1776
I can only see this being popular if the pill also keeps you young, can you imagine aging at the same rate but for an extra 100 years. You’d look like the crypt keeper.