Lifespans - a two part series on Radio 4 on the natural history and biology of longevity

The meme of scientific intervention aimed at life-span extension is truly out...

The first part of the program (available here by clicking on "Listen again to Programme 1") is dedicated to the investigation of why different organisms have have their own particular life spans. The second part (Mondays 10 May 2004 21.00-21.30 and available on line here after that date) is of more direct transhumanist interest, as it focuses on long-lived organisms, such as a cold-water clam which is known to live for 220 years and the remarkable, lab-created worms that live six times longer than normal worms and that at 500 years old (in worm years), are still quite sprightly.

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