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Steven Austad, of the University Of Texas Health Science Center, told BBC World Service's Discovery programme that life span for a human being may be much longer than most people have considered possible.
And he said that he was virtually certain some children alive now would live to the year 2150.
"The evolutionary picture of the human being is quite an interesting one, because what we've managed to do is create an environment for ourselves that is much safer than anything we've lived in before," he explained.
"So even in the absence of medical advances, with just evolutionary change, in the foreseeable future one would expect humans to age at a slower and slower and slower rate."
Originally posted by parrhesia
Very cool find. If they actually try these methods on humans it would be very interesting to see what kind of results they get, and unless they give themselves the same treatments, they may never know how effective it was, as they could be outlived by the test subject. lol
Originally posted by infinite
i wouldn't want to live that long, i will outlive all my friends and love ones
Originally posted by beyondSciFi
you can't start to fathom what i have seen
Originally posted by LordGoofus
just another thought. With longer life spans (talking about extending them into the 1000's of years here), would not our life "stages" also be drawn out? We would still go through adolescence, middle age etc etc
Originally posted by apw100
Well, there is more to "ageing" than cell reproduction. Horomones, stress and physical exertion play a key role in our development, so we wouldnt look like we were 11 forever.