24 May, 12 | by BMJ
Is medical control of human aging a worthy goal?
Despite the moisturisers you can buy it is impossible to reverse the damage of aging and very few of us will live to anywhere near the theoretical maximum of human age, estimated to be 125. Yet some people think the first person who will live substantially longer than this is alive today.
Aubrey de Grey is one of them. He was recently speaking at a debate at the Oxford University Scientific Society, for the motion “This house wants to defeat aging entirely.” De Grey is the chief scientific officer of the SENS foundation and a cheer leader for bringing aging under medical control. “This is no longer a radical heretical idea” he says; for de Grey defeating aging is at the heart what medicine is about. And when we treat aging, longevity is a welcome side effect. more…