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Save Note Note. Would knowing you had longer to live decrease your willingness to make the most of life? De Grey acknowledges potential practical challenges but cheerily says society would adapt, for example by having fewer children, and with people able to decide when to end their lives. There are pressing questions too about who would benefit if and when these interventions become available.
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The medical cost of caring for people in their twilight years would fall if they remained healthier longer, but delayed ageing will also mean more people draw pensions and state benefits. The far future aside, there are challenges for the new tech entrants.
Aviator Charles Lindbergh tried to cheat death by devising ways to replace human organs with machines. In the quest to defeat ageing, even the fruits of failure may be bountiful.
Why might tech zillionaires choose to fund life extension research? Then there is money to be made in them there hills. But last, and what he thinks is the heart of the matter, is ideology.
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In a recent interview he identified three main ways to approach death. I think our society is dominated by people who are into denial or acceptance, and I prefer to fight it. Google co-founder Sergey Brin, 41, is known for his love of special projects like Google Glass and CEO Larry Page has credited him for helping bring its new biotech company Calico to fruition. Larry Ellison, co-founder of computer company Oracle, told his biographer Mark Wilson. Would Venter like to beat death? Though not from Silicon Valley himself, his ideas draw on those of Ray Kurzweil, a prominent futurist, who is director of engineering at Google.
Kurzweil has predicted that scientists will one day find a way to download human consciousness, no longer necessitating the need for our bodies.
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The subjects who show the greatest discrepancy hold the key to genetic research that could make aging a treatable condition. None were especially health conscious: Irving still worked a high-stress Wall Street job after turning , and one of his sisters was a smoker for 90 years outliving all the doctors who advised her to quit, Barzilai noted. The exact makeup of this gene remains elusive, but science has so far discovered apparent clues — for instance, lower occurrences of the insulin-like growth factor IGF molecule and above-average height.
Animal studies have since confirmed that longer life and improved cardiac function can be induced with changes in IGF level. Similar research is now being done with a variety of proteins. Yet Barzilai said that aging research still faces major obstacles.
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One is that scientists tend to work with young laboratory animals, rather than ones that have evinced longevity. Still there is reason for optimism. In a later panel on Thursday, University of Chicago professor S.