Fountain of Youth for humans, by 2030?
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Hang in There:
The 25-Year Wait for Immortality

By Ker Than
Special to LiveScience

posted: 11 April 2005
06:32 am ET
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"I think it's reasonable to suppose that
one could oscillate between being bio-
logically 20 and biologically 25 indefin-
-- Aubrey de Grey

Time may indeed be on your side. If you
can just last another quarter century.

By then, people will start lives that could
last 1,000 years or more.

Our human genomes will be modified to
include the genetic material of microorgan-
isms that live in the soil, enabling us to
break down the junk proteins that our cells
amass over time and which they can't di-
gest on their own.

People will have the option of looking and
feeling the way they did at 20 for the rest
of their lives, or opt for an older look if they
get bored.

Of course, everyone will be required to go
in for age rejuvenation therapy once every
decade or so, but that will be a small price
to pay for near-immortality.

This may sound like science fiction, but
Aubrey de Grey thinks this could be our
reality in as little as 25 years. Other scien-
tists caution that it is far from clear whether
and for how long science can stall the inevit-


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Your strategy would involve not only pre-
venting aging, but reversing it as well. Does
that mean people will get to choose what
age they want to remain?

Absolutely. So the idea is that we wouldn't
be eliminating aging from the body. It'll be
a case of going in periodically and having
the accumulated damage repaired. So
exactly what biological age you actually
have at any point is really just a question
of how often you go in for rejuvenations
and how thorough they are.

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So the more treatments you undergo, the
younger you can be?

That's right. I think it's reasonable to sup-
pose that one could oscillate between
being biologically 20 and biologically 25

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