To this day science cannot tell us why we are dying. Data, is showing the probability of a 25-year-old dying before their 26th birthday is 0.1%.
If we could keep that risk constant throughout life instead of it rising due to age-related disease, the average person would – statistically speaking – live 1,000 years. The prospect is tantalizing and even believable. Scientists are trying to “hack the code of life” and push human lifespan past its apparent maximum of about 120 years (the longest known/confirmed lifespan was 122 years). Science believes it is possible to “solve ageing” and get people to live, healthily, more or less indefinitely. They have restored vitality and extending lifespan in mice by 50% already.
Our lives and society are troubled by growing numbers of loved ones lost to age-related disease and suffering extended periods of decrepitude, which is costing economies. a modern version of the age old dream of tapping the fountain of youth – is emblematic of the current enthusiasm to disrupt death sweeping Silicon Valley. 2013 Google announced the creation of Calico, short for the California Life Company. Its mission is to reverse engineer the biology that controls lifespan and “devise interventions that enable people to lead longer and healthier lives”.
It seems to be looking in part to develop age-defying drugs. And there is data that should shed important new light on what makes for a longer, healthier life. The reality is that it’s simply a “medical problem” that science can solve. Just as a vintage car can be kept in good condition indefinitely with periodic preventative maintenance, so there is no reason why, in principle, the same can’t be true of the human body. There are claims about the possibilities (like, the first person who will live to 1,000 years is probably already alive), and some unconventional and unproven ideas about the science behind ageing, have long made for unpopular with mainstream academics studying ageing. So, let me hit 100 first and come and talk to me in another 900 years-you never know.
Article credit: The Observer
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