• Can we slow or eliminate aging? Investors say: yes.

    Last century we found treatments for cancer, developed antibiotics, expanded medical imaging systems, and made heart interventions commonplace. This century can we slow the aging process? Investors are saying yes! Their capital is part of a confluence that includes medical breakthroughs and hopeful radical life extension advocates. Together, they're making the elimination or slowing of aging look like a realistic goal. Thinkers have been imagining this moment for some time as you'll learn reading the history of the anti-aging research movement. People are debating the ethics of longevity but what happens if we find the solution for aging and end the process of growing old? Most importantly, how will it impact you?

    Image at left depicting causes of cell senescence is courtesy of the Journal of Cell Biology. The image can be enlarged at its source. 

  • Ethics At The Fountain Of Youth

    As we trailblaze a new way to age our access to health information and medicine is lengthening our liives. It's improving our quality of life in later years.  Wrinkles and illnesses, however, are still part of the journey.  Not surprisingly, then, advancing medicine fuels a renewed search for the fountain of youth.  Revenues for the anti aging industry (research, products, services) are are pushing toward $200 billion annually  by 2021.  For perspective, our collective spending to defend against wrinkles and aging is greater than what we spend annually defending the U.S. through funding for the FBI and CIA! Maybe you think this suggests that our priorities are questionable or maybe you've spent money to look younger and realize it's value. Either way, ethics controversies surround the use and production of some of the most popular products used to forestall aging and even greater ethical challenges are on our horizon as gerontology and bio science approach the capacity to engineer radically extended lives.