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IMMORTALITY: Just a quarter century away?

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posted on Apr, 12 2005 @ 06:22 PM

"I think it’s reasonable to suppose that one could oscillate between being biologically 20 and biologically 25 indefinitely."
-- Aubrey de Grey

Time may indeed be on your side. If you can just last another quarter century.

By then, people will start lives that could last 1,000 years or more. Our human genomes will be modified to include the genetic material of microorganisms that live in the soil, enabling us to break down the junk proteins that our cells amass over time and which they can’t digest on their own. People will have the option of looking and feeling the way they did at 20 for the rest of their lives, or opt for an older look if they get bored. Of course, everyone will be required to go in for age rejuvenation therapy once every decade or so, but that will be a small price to pay for near-immortality.

This may sound like science fiction, but Aubrey de Grey thinks this could be our reality in as little as 25 years. Other scientists caution that it is far from clear whether and for how long science can stall the inevitable.

De Grey, a Cambridge University researcher, heads the Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS) project, in which he has defined seven causes of aging, all of which he thinks can be dealt with. (Senescence is scientific jargon for aging.)

De Grey also runs the Methuselah Mouse prize for breakthroughs in extended aging in mice. The purse of the M Prize, as it is called, recently grew beyond $1 million.


So is this a lunatic fringe or a revolutionary visionary that will lead us to the "promised land"?

I think we have too many people on earth as it is. That being the case, there would have to be strict framework in place to control breeding and distribute population in a "eco-friendly" manner. That may include the undertaking of inhabiting other worlds.

If this is truly on the horizion for us, I'm sure we can all think of the great advantages to long life. But what about the downside? What kind of society would we become? What type of rule would we endure?

Would you want to live as long as described in the article?


[edit on 12-4-2005 by Xatnys]

posted on Apr, 12 2005 @ 07:22 PM
Sorry Xatnys, covered here:
Hang in There: The 25-Year Wait for Immortality

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