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Some biblical characters lived for hundreds of years. (eg. Methuselah lived to be 969.) However, people living now don’t quite get that old. Aging is a mysterious process that is slowly killing everyone, and there are more than a few projects working on ways to avoid death. Immortality could be a blessing or a curse, and maybe someday we’ll find out which it is.
- Suspended animation is a real medical procedure, and some techniques are being tested in emergency rooms. The FDA has approved a procedure that will be used at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital to replace near-fatal patients’ blood with a cold saline solution. The process stops the patient’s body from doing normal things like breathing, but patients can be revived hours later from a death-like state. [url]
- The Methuselah Foundation has a few projects to develop regenerative medicine that might allow people to live longer, healthier lives. Regrowing organs, developing custom chemotherapies based on a patient’s DNA, and studying long-lived animals could help extend human lifespans. [url]
- Google funded an anti-aging startup in 2013 called Calico. Larry Page noted at its launch that “curing cancer” might not be a good enough goal because death might only be delayed a few years, even with a cure for cancer. [url]
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