Longevity Futures: “We will be able to live to 1000”
Aubrey de Grey: “The first person to live to 1,000 might be 60 already”
Life expectancy is increasing in the developed world. But Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey believes it will soon extend dramatically to 1,000. Here, he explains why.
Ageing is a physical phenomenon happening to our bodies, so at some point in the future, as medicine becomes more and more powerful, we will inevitably be able to address ageing just as effectively as we address many diseases today.
I claim that we are close to that point because of the SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) project to prevent and cure ageing. It is not just an idea: it’s a very detailed plan to repair all the types of molecular and cellular damage that happen to us over time.
And each method to do this is either already working in a preliminary form (in clinical trials) or is based on technologies that already exist and just need to be combined.
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Reader wanting further information should read Aubrey’s book “Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthrought” as his views are consistent with the Frequency Foundation. Most of the “aging” phenomenon is a maintenance problem. Our systems become loaded up with viruses, bacteria, pollutants, and allergens like barnacles on a ship. Hospitals are like a dry dock where the ship is repaired after major problems. Unfortunately, the hospitals only patch the holes and are remarkably ineffective at removing the barnacles. In fact, you may acquire more barnacles simply by visiting the hospital and these nosocomial infections can make hospitals a deadly place to visit.
The core work of Frequency Foundation is developing frequency sets that systematically and harmlessly remove the barnacles on an ongoing basis. Routine maintainance prevents breakdown.