Originally recorded: October 4, 2017
Originally broadcast: October 8, 2017
What would you say if we told you that aging is a disease that could be cured? How about if we predicted that you’d live to be 1,000 years old. Would that be scary? Would it be perverse? Aubrey de Grey doesn’t think so. He believes that medical technology will soon help people live indefinitely, and that we should welcome it. He also believes that calling the search for a cure unrealistic is short sighted and a betrayal of the next generation. On this episode we discuss these issues, examine the the science behind anti-aging research, and address concerns about global warming, overpopulation and other effects of living longer.
Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist and the chief science officer for the SENS Foundation in Mountain View California. He is editor-in-chief of the academic journal Rejuvenation Research and co-author of Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in our Lifetime.