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    FiB Episode 030 - Aubrey de Grey on the Thousand Year Lifespan

    Dr. Aubrey de Grey proposes a biotech roadmap towards agelessness

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    Host: Marc Pelletier

    Guest: Aubrey de Grey; Chairman and Chief Science Officer, the Methuselah Foundation.

    Benjamin Franklin said: "In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes". But in these times of technological revolution, does this statement still hold true? And if so, for how long? Genes have been identified that upon activation can extend lifespan in most organisms. The great labs of Leonard Guarente at MIT (featured in FiB episode 2), Cynthia Kenyon at UCSF, as well Linda Buck, Nobel Laureate in 2004, are all working arduously to elucidate the molecular details to both slow down the aging process and extend lifespan. Well, Aubrey de Grey is a fairly controversial figure because he proposes doing away with death all together - leaving us with only taxes, I guess?

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    Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime

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      Future in the biotech is a great thing because we should know about these type of thing in our life. Without knowing the future the people are not able to do well in their life. I hope that the people will feel great with the help of these things.

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    Great show, once again!

    It was very interesting to hear what de Gray had to say about his and others' work in human ageing. The title's relation "thousand year lifespan" to the topic was first a bit unclear to me, but I quickly googled up some old interviews where de Gray was talking about people living for hundreds if not thousands years at a time -- one step at a time.

    Cheers,
    R.S.

    March 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterR.S.

    I SO want to listen to this interview as I think the topic is exciting, but the sound quality of de Gray's dialogue is just too muddled to listen to for me. I've tried through a few different sound systems but it's still like the school teacher in a Peanuts cartoon. :(

    October 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTimothyPilgrim

    Your right Timothy! DeGray said he could skype, then insists that his internal laptop mic was fine... Anyway, I have Cynthia Kenyon lined up for an upcoming show. She is one of my favorite scientists...

    October 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarc Pelletier, Ph.D.

    Also Timothy, send me an email and I can post a much higher quality audio file for you.

    October 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarc Pelletier, Ph.D.

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