Because who likes dying anyway?
Aubrey de Grey, a biomedical gerontologist and chief scientist of the longevity research foundation Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence, believes his team may have found a cure for aging.
In fact, he thinks the first person to reach the big 1-5-0 has already been born and the first person to live to reach 1,000-years-old could be born in the next 20 years. We're willing to throw down $100 right now that says that person is Joan Rivers.
The scientist recently told reporters:
"I'd say we have a 50/50 chance of bringing aging under what I'd call a decisive level of medical control within the next 25 years or so."
Using current technology, de Grey thinks regular trips to the doctor for a little gene therapy, immune stimulation and stem cell therapy will extend our lives tenfold, explaining:
"The idea is to engage in what you might call preventative geriatrics, where you go in to periodically repair that molecular and cellular damage before it gets to the level of abundance that is pathogenic."
So is this guy just some kind of whacko? Apparently not because no one can seem to prove that his theories are wrong.
In 2005, MIT Technology Review Journal offered $20,000 bucks to any molecular biologist that could prove de Grey's theory "so wrong that it was unworthy of debate." So far, so good for de Grey's theory because nobody has ever claimed that prize!
While living forever may get a little old (no pun intended), we could definitely get on board with growing up to be 150-years-old. The oldest person EVER so far clocked out after 122 years and 164 days on planet earth.
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