The Hard Science of Aging

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The Hard Science of Aging

Let’s live longer! Or not?

While several media outlets covered the unveiling of Unity Biotechnology, a company “designing therapeutics that prevent, halt or reverse numerous diseases of aging,” a debate was going on live stream if lifespans are already long enough.

Coverage of Unity Bio:

From “Lifespans Are Long Enough”:

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From caption of video/page:
“What if we didn’t have to grow old and die? The average American can expect to live for 78.8 years, an improvement over the days before clean water and vaccines, when life expectancy was closer to 50, but still not long enough for most of us. So researchers around the world have been working on arresting the process of aging through biotechnology and finding cures to diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer. What are the ethical and social consequences of radically increasing lifespans? Should we accept a “natural” end, or should we find a cure to aging?” Full feature

Also: How old is too old? A debate on toying with the human life span (STAT News)

February 4th, 2016|
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