Millennials in our Lifetime?

Posted on January 22, 2007  Comments (3)

No I don’t mean the generation Y types born in the 1980s and 1990s I mean 1,000 year old people. I doubt it, but according to Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey – yes. And his credentials are better than mine, well I guess some of us might see who is right. ‘We will be able to live to 1,000’. Do You Want to Live Forever?:

As he surveyed the literature, de Grey reached the conclusion that there are seven distinct ingredients in the aging process, and that emerging understanding of molecular biology shows promise of one day providing appropriate technologies by which each of them might be manipulated — “perturbed,” in the jargon of biologists. He bases his certainty that there are only seven such factors on the fact that no new factor has been discovered in some twenty years, despite the flourishing state of research in the field known as biogeron­tology, the science of aging; his certainty that he is the man to lead the crusade for endless life is based on his conception that the qualification needed to accomplish it is the mindset he brings to the problem: the goal-driven orientation of an engineer rather than the curiosity-driven orientation of the basic scientists who have made and will continue to make the laboratory discoveries that he intends to employ.

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3 Responses to “Millennials in our Lifetime?”

  1. Dr. Leonid Gavrilov, Ph.D.
    April 19th, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

    Thank you for your interesting post!
    I thought perhaps you may also find this related story interesting to you:
    Longevity Science: SENS

  2. CuriousCat: Grand Visions
    May 3rd, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

    “By 2027, he predicts, computers will surpass humans in intelligence; by 2045 or so, we will reach the Singularity, a moment when technology is advancing so rapidly that ‘strictly biological’ humans will be unable to comprehend it…”

  3. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Interesting Lobsters
    July 9th, 2007 @ 10:21 am

    “But there’s one lobster fact that trumps them all: lobsters show no apparent signs of aging. They don’t slow down or become weaker or more susceptible to disease. They don’t get infertile — older lobsters are actually more fertile than younger ones…”

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