When I'm 164: The New Science of Radical Life Extension, and by David Ewing Duncan

By David Ewing Duncan

How lengthy do you need to stay, and why?

These are the questions that bestselling writer (Experimental Man) and technological know-how author David Ewing Duncan explores, with unbelievable effects. When I'm 164 surveys the more and more valid technological know-how of radical existence extension—from genetics and regeneration to laptop solutions—and considers the pluses and minuses of dwelling to age 164, or past: every thing from the influence on inhabitants and the price of dwelling to what occurs to like, interest, and health.

Concluding that anti-aging applied sciences will most likely reach the subsequent 30 to 50 years, Duncan brings us again to the age-old query posed by means of the Beatles of their vintage track: Will you continue to want me, will you continue to feed me, while I’m…

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IMAGE: COURTESY OF CELLULAR DYNAMICS INTERNATIONAL. unpublished human tissue is a matter of debate. “We are much closer than we were,” said Harvard geneticist George Church. “I don't think people have fully appreciated how quickly adult stem cells and sequencing and synthetic biology have progressed. ” Thomson is less optimistic. “If you want to rewire the spinal cord or the brain, it’s difficult. If you happen to get lucky, that’s great, but once the structural damage is there, it’s hard to see them being repaired.

I heard it again: pop. The brain in question belonged to a bearded man sitting in a wheelchair in front of me outside Boston, where I visited him for a National Public Radio story. The victim of a stabbing four years earlier, 25-year-old Matthew Nagle was paralyzed from the neck down — and yet here he was, thinking out loud, so to speak, as he operated a cursor on a computer screen using thought. He played Pong, turned the lights on and off, and changed the channels on a television — simple things for an intact person, but after his injury impossible for Nagle.

Instead of print on a page, you get layers of cells that form tissue. The printer has created working ovarian tissue for hamsters. “We’re hoping to one day use this for humans,” said Atala. “The goal is for regenerative health to improve the quality of life,” he said. ” I asked Atala if he thinks that scientists will every be able to regenerate a whole body, including a brain. “I never say never,” he said, “but realistically I have no idea when this would happen. It could be 20 years, 100 years, or longer.

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