Longevity: a radical new science
The inevitable truth of the human condition is that we will age. For most of the history of modern science, this mortal coil was a mystery. In the last decade, researchers have made significant progress in understanding the cellular and molecular aspects of aging. This has led to the question: can aging be stopped. Recent advances have made it possible to extend the lifespan of humans. While the answer is still elusive, they are a step in the right direction. A controversial researcher has even claimed that the first person to live 1,000 years was born. Researchers are more conservative in their predictions. However, the possibility of delaying mortality in even modest ways raises ethical, social and practical issues. How could we manage a population that is growing out of control? Is there a meaning to life without death? Would we choose to live forever even if it were possible?
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Original program date: June 2, 2011.
Bill Ritter, MODERATOR
Leonard Guarente Judith Campisi Michael Rose Aubrey de Grey
Bill Ritter’s introduction 0:05
Does life have meaning without death? 02:50.