While we all may agree that the idea of avoiding aging or prolonging life has its appeal, very few people would attach themselves to the pursuits of Aubrey de Grey. He is a passionate man dedicated to the quest of ending the leading cause of death–aging.
In this article, Dr. Francis Collins proposes the common assumption that “the aging of cells and of individuals was just a matter of everything running down,” is just not right. “The same mechanism that causes children with progeria to age seven times the normal rate may play a role in normal aging as well.”
So, what does this mean?
In layman’s terms, Collins claims his study shows aging to be an active biological mechanism that is programed into cells not a passive wearing out of cells.
For those of you who know of Aubrey’s proposal, are there any conflicts between his views and this recent development?
Do you think this could be an initial step at accomplishing Aubrey’s ambitions?
Do you think that substantially extending the human life is even possible?