Roundtable: Can we reverse the ageing process?


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Roundtable: Can we reverse the ageing process?

Turning back the clock and undoing the ravages of time. Something we’ve probably all wondered about – but could it become reality? Or are we all just wishing our lives away?
We may soon be able to stop or even undo the ageing process. By purging the body of so-called ‘retired cells’, scientists say we could look younger, live longer, and defeat disease. Is this science’s answer to the fabled fountain of youth?
At the Roundtable was Aubrey de Grey, Biomedical gerontologist and Chief Science Officer at Sens Research Foundation; Lara Marks, a visiting Research Associate at University College London and Historian of Medicine at King’s College London; Professor Ilaria Bellantuono, Stem cell biologist and Professor in musculoskeletal ageing at the University of Sheffield and journalist Salman Shaheen.
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  1. We never see any results from all these talks. It is possible but no-one is smart enouth to cope. Complexity stops everyone. Tech we can manage but not biology. There has to be a smarter person or AI computers or an incredible luck like with "discover" of penicillin.

  2. the longer people live the more money that can go back in the economy also leading to even more rapid evolution in humanity and technology. This will happen eventually whether scientist and the government want to peruse this now or later. The human race is destined for immortality. It's only a matter of time.

  3. I m not surprised Lara thinks we need death in order to be human. It seems to me a lot of women (I am one myself) seem to think so.
    I personally disagree for various reasons I won’t go into. But using that analogy – when people get terminal cancer I doubt they think oh brilliant I’ve fulfilled my purpose as a human now see ya I’m off. Get real. The fact is people are dying when they shouldn’t be and this is the technology to make people young outside and in. To let us do whatever the ** we want whenever and at whatever age we ***** want. That’s it. Full stop.

  4. Don't underestimate the application of AI to genetic engineering. With an applied and focused effort, immortality can be reached within 10 years. Mars is a new world waiting for us and the enhanced beings. Metamorphosis will be soon.

  5. The FIRST way to get these therapies underway is to get the conservatives OUT of office. So tired of their fear-mongering, with, "Ohhh… we NEED death, we will all be so bored, death makes life meaningful, and Oooh we can't take more than our fair share…suffering is virtuous!" I'm ready for some liberals!

  6. I HATE THAT NEGATIVE NANCY CHICK WHO THINKS PEOPLE SHOULD ALL DIE IN ORDER TO BE "STRONGER" – WHAT THE F- IS THE POINT OF BEING STRONGER ONCE YOU ARE DEAD?

  7. I'm a retired rn and love to follow and take what seems safe. I have taken metformin , resveratol and melatonin for sleep. 2 years…Eat low animal fat diet, garlic and mushrooms in morning and a multivit and b complex also 6 months of pterostilbene 50mg qd. One year of nadh. So far labs have noticeably improved. No medical probs before or after. Still have grey hair not changing. Hehee. I took by drops a bottle of c60 and every 4 months may continue been t not sure on it yet. We

  8. bronze age didn't have life expectancy in their 20's… they had a lot of children and most of them died before adult hood. When you take a mean age (which is meaningless) then it comes out 20-40 life expectancy… however, IF you made it to adult hood then you lived a long time. It was only when human cities developed and people lived in poverty in close proximity that people didn't make it much past 40 due to all the diseases of drinking polluted water.. living in squalor… but when people lived in harmony with nature previously with ways of living passed from generation to generation, people lived a long time… IF they made it to adult hood (which they often didn't).

    In the bible is says age 70… whether you believe the book is the word of god or not, it was written a long, long time ago and reflects the life expectancy of the time and things wouldn't have been much more advanced than bronze age in terms of medicine.

  9. What you should be asking yourself is why this happens in humans but not plants. Ever watched a rose bush bloom, ever wonder why every rose on it seems to not be aging when they are created at blooming time. If you look at a rose bush 75 years old does it make old sagging wrinkled roses at blooming time or does it make them each year looking the same as they did when the plant was young? I read the oldest living rose bush, which is now the size of tree, grows against a cathedral in Hildesheim, Germany. Documentation proves it has been there since A.D. 815." That's pushing 1200 years old. The human body is renewing its cells all the time, so if the cells in a human face are no older then lets say 7 to 10 years old at any time even when your 80 years old, then why the wrinkled face in an older person. Should the face not look anew like the rose blooming this summer on that 1200 year old rose bush. Many plants are seemingly immortal, they may get bigger but could also be trimmed down to small size and still remain seemingly immortal under the right conditions. So is the secret in the plant, or the dirt the plant grows in, meaning the bacteria or the microbes there about in that soil. Always thought there is something to that.

  10. In time, the brain computer interface (BCI) will restore our health without us knowing it or without our consent. If our body lacks red blood cell serum, the central computer will instruct our brain to activate liver function to inhibit or trigger the growth of blood cells according to their portion. And the human immune system will be controlled by the host computer. Cell regeneration will also continue to replace any damaged cell, even if the environment is polluted.

  11. Aubrey looks terribly old for a longevity guy. The next wonderdrug better be around the corner, or he's not gonna make it to see his 1000th birthday, let alone his 100th.

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