Tuesday, November 30, 2010

 

Life Expectancy 200 and Beyond, Eternal Youth Potion Discovered

It's very difficult to pin something like this down to a decade, or even a quarter or half century. I think there are people alive today who will live to see 200 -- I would like to be one of them. But when does that possibility begin to materialize? I think we might see life expectancy pass 100 by mid-century, and 100 years after that (2150) we'll have many individuals hitting the 200 mark, and good reason to believe that others will do so.


We wanted to know: If you could flip the telomerase switch on and restore telomeres in animals with entrenched age-related disease, what would happen? Would it slow down aging, stabilize it, or even reverse it?

It was akin to a Ponce de León [the Spanish explorer looking for the Fountain of Youth] effect. When we flipped the telomerase switch on and looked a month later, the brains had largely returned to normal.

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