The mother of queen Elizabeth (photo) famously lived to be over 100. Pretty amazing. However, now some scientists predict that ageing might come to an end. Geneticist Aubrey De Grey has stated that some one alive today might live as long 1000 years. That was the subject of an Oxford Debate a few years back (see link below), and de Grey’s views did not go unopposed.
There has been one fad after the other in longevity research. First eating less, then eating resveratrol, then eating pills to lengthen your telomeres, then injecting blood from adolescents. The list goes on. The most sane approach is perhaps “the Blue Zones theory” which seeks to draw life-style lessons from the world’s oldest people.
Sooner or later, however, something substantial might emerge from the enormous scientific effort that is being put into understanding what ageing is and how to remedy its effects. We are, after all, in the midst of a biological revolution in which DNA analysis, combined with computer processing, is brought to bear on every aspect of research.
In the mean time you might enjoy the links below.
- Royal Institution “Life Fantastic – Could I live forever?”
- Royal Irish Academy “End of Ageing”
- C-span video lecture “The Longevity Revolution with Robert Butler”
- UCTV “Theoretical Approach of Longevity”
- The Aspen Institute Blue Zones: Can Communities Eat Their Way to Longer Lives?
- Ray Kurtzweil on immortality
- BBC Radio “FutureProofing Ageing”
- NPR. The Ted Radio Hour “The Fountain Of Youth”
- ABC Australia Radio “The Philosopher’s Zone: Immortality”
- Wnyc.org “Do You Really Want to Live Forever?”
- Npr.org “Immortality Explored In ‘Long For This World'”
- Leonard Lopate Show “The New Science Of Immortality”
- Wnpr.org “Achieving Immortality: How Science Seeks To End Aging”
- WPR.org “The Search For Eternal Life”
- ABC Astralia Catalyst “Live Long Die Young”
- PBS Nova “Can we live forever”
- Would You Like To Live Forever?
- RT.com Forever Young: Russian scientists reveal secret of eternal life
- How to Live Forever