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At an age that lies somewhere between Kid Rock and Mr. Spock, any talk of extending my stay with the living gets the immediate attention of my good ear. While waiting in a crowded clinic for a flu shot, I overheard two people discussing an article one was reading about "living forever".

This immunized me from terminal boredom by injecting my thoughts with several interesting questions. Will medical science develop a fountain of youth in my lifetime? Will these life extending treatments be available for everyone? How much earlier do I need to get here next flu season to get a better magazine selection?

Scientists are close to unlocking the genetic secrets that could allow us live for centuries, maybe forever. Researchers around the world are learning more about how and why we age.

Advances in biotechnology, tissue regeneration, artificial organs, diagnostic procedures and life saving drugs will make it almost certain that we will enjoy longer lives as time progresses. Some scientists predict that by the year 2075, medical technology will have slowed the aging process to a crawl and eliminated most life threatening illnesses.

But don't buy your tickets for the 2080 Summer Olympics just yet. There may be a high price to pay for living longer. Will health plans cover treatments that extend lives past their "natural" end? What will manufacturers charge for a drug that promises eternal life? The obvious answers are; "Not likely." and "As much as they can."

For the sake of society, especially my small part of it, I hope that life extending breakthroughs will be available for all. Perhaps in the years that it takes for us to develop these advanced medical techniques, we will also learn enough about ourselves to become more fair and compassionate.

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Want to live longer?

Exercise regularly.

Eat right.

Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise routine or change of diet.

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The Longest Lifespan



Jeanne Louise Calment
February 21, 1875 – August 4, 1997

Longest confirmed lifespan
in history at 122 years and 164 days.

Her lifespan has been thoroughly
documented by scientific study;
more records have been produced
to verify her age than for any other

Source: Wikipedia

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Living Longer Articles

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Title Source Date
How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120 The Daily Beast 04/15
New Class of Drugs that Dramatically Increases Healthy Lifespan The Scripps Research Institute 03/15
Do You Have The 'Smart Gene' That Also Helps You Live Longer? Yahoo! Health 01/15
Living longer, not healthier Phys.Org 01/15
Live long and prosper? Decoupling lifespan and healthspan in aging research Medical Express 01/15
Scientists extend telomeres to slow cell aging KurzweilAi.net 01/15
Want to live forever? New research suggests science could extend the typical human lifespan indefinitely Oregon Live LLC 01/15
Live for ever: Scientists say they'll soon extend life 'well beyond 120' The Guardian 01/15
Who wants to live forever: How healthy choices today help avoid health problems later Venture Beat 12/14
How much should we worry about death? Aeon 07/14
Dr. Michio Kaku discusses cryogenics/cryonics Youtube 12/13
Breakthrough discoveries on cellular regeneration seek to turn back the body's clock Medical Xpress 11/13
Single gene change increases mouse lifespan by 20 percent NIH 08/13
Scientists find key to aging process in the brain The Guardian 05/13
Should We Live to 1,000? Project Syndicate 12/12
Biomarking Time UC San Diego 12/12
Longevity gene that makes Hydra immortal also controls human aging KurzweilAi.net 11/12
Extend your life span without dieting! KurzweilAi.net 10/12
Researchers find a way to delay aging of stem cells Salk Institute 05/12
Life expectancy: How long will you live? BBC 04/12
Immortal worms defy ageing University of Nottingham 03/12
Signs of ageing halted in the lab BBC News 01/12
Fountain of youth? KurzweilAi.net 01/12
Researchers identify enzyme that holds key to living longer through calorie restriction Gizmag 11/11
Heal thyself: The power of mind over matter New Scientist 09/11
Healthy Aging in a Pill Science News 05/11
Live long. Stay healthy. Join the immortals The Observer 05/11
How to achieve 'biological immortality' naturally KurzweilAI.net 12/10
Have they found the elixir of eternal youth? Mail Online 11/10
Women's study finds longevity means getting just enough sleep KurzweilAI.net 10/10
Why SIRT1 in your brain may keep you smart KurzweilAI.net 08/10
Aging and longevity tied to specific brain region in mice KurzweilAI.net 07/10
Scientists can predict who will live past 100 Technology Review 07/10
Scientists seek to uncover centenarians' secrets for longevity Examiner.com 07/10
When Will Life Expectancy Reach 200 Years? Aubrey de Grey and David Brin Disagree in Interview I Look Forward To 05/10
We Will Live Longer in 2050, Study Predicts ABC News 12/09
Study reveals people's thoughts on living longer Phys.Org 11/09
'Elixir of youth' drug could fight HIV and ageing New Scientist 11/08
Live to 150, Can You Do It? ABC News 04/08
Scientists identify new longevity genes Phys.Org 03/08
A scientific breakthrough could mean humans live for hundreds of years The Independent 01/08
A molecular map for aging in mice Phys.Org 11/07
Unlocking the Secrets of Longevity Genes Scientific American 11/07
 'Longevity' Genes Protect Very Old People From The Bad Genes' Harmful Effects Science Daily 08/07


Living Longer Web Sites and Blogs
Title Description
2045 Life-extension projects
Achieving longevity Futurismic.com
How to Live Forever The movie
Longevity Calculators About.com
National Institute on Aging Nia.nih.gov
SENS Foundation Sens.org
Super Centenarians International Database on Longevity for people 110+
The Centenarian The Centenarian
The Longevity Meme Longevitymeme.org


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