Sunday, April 1, 2012

Can the Human Lifespan Reach 1,000 Years -Some Experts Say “Yes”

Human life span can be 1000 years, seems it’s a science fiction. But everybody knows today many science fiction becomes reality.
The whole human genome has been sequenced. The functionality of many genes has been identified. Progress is even faster here than in the development of the computer. It is just a matter of time until parents can design their children, e.g. ask doctors to modify the genes to get a healthier, smart, good-looking, etc. child (like in the movie Gattaca). Natural selection will be replaced by genetic design.  

According to geneticist Dr. Aubrey de Grey from Cambridge University “The first person to live to be 1,000 years old is certainly alive today.

Dr Aubrey de Grey, a biomedical gerontologist and chief of Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), a foundation based in California dedicated to longevity research, says that within 25 years we will have eradicated diseases, drastically increasing our life expectancy.

Dr de Grey attributes ageing to molecular and cellular damage throughout the body. "The idea is to engage in what you might call preventative geriatrics, where you go in to periodically repair that molecular and cellular damage before it gets to the level of abundance that is pathogenic," he said.

Stem cell therapy currently constitutes a fundamental progress in medical science. For instance, preventing loss of cells and damage is also in human clinical trials; spinal cord injuries are being treated and trialed in stem cell therapies. Grey says that in soon stem cell therapy might be used to treated heart and brain-related diseases.

The theory governing this longevity increase is called ‘longevity escape velocity’ and suggest that human lifespan can constantly be pushed to new heights as scientific progress add more years to your lifespan than what you can actually spend. In other words, life-expectancy increases by more than one.

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