31.8.03

Sunday Times: Science gets serious about elixir of life

An article on the top national broadsheet about the 10th Congress of the International Association of Biomedical Gerontology to be held from the 19th to the 23rd of September in Cambridge (see 29/07/03 message, below).

A very positive article and yet another step in the right direction in bringing life-extension research into the mainstream. Aubrey de Grey is quoted on the feasibility of practical life-extension for humans: "Researchers have already succeeded in dramatically prolonging the lives of some animal species, including mammals, and there is every reason to think the same can eventually be done for humans."

Note, however, the bone-chilling quote at the end of the article: according to a Francis Fernandes, head of research at actuaries Lane Clark & Peacock, clearly brought in to provide a pessimistic counterpoint: "Society might dictate that life has to finish at a certain age regardless of health - or that fertility must be strictly regulated."

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