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Science Is Getting Closer To Reversing Aging – But Should We?

Science Is Getting Closer To Reversing Aging – But Should We?

By Susan Williams

An article published by Forbes described about how scientists at the Salk Institute are getting closer to being able to actually reverse aging.

They were “able to rejuvenate the organs of laboratory mice and increase their lifespan significantly.”

Now they also added that this process isn’t very easily transferred to people and we are still quite a distance away from being able to actually experience the same result for humans.

But it does put this idea of literally discovering the fountain of youth now into the realm of possibility.

I thought how amazing is this.

Could you imagine the idea of never having to see someone actually age or experience the aches, pains and illness that often accompanies getting older. Who knows, maybe even the concept of immortality will soon be within reach and the feeling of pain in losing someone to old age may one day in the future become a thing of the past.

It made me wonder though – is this really a good thing?

My first concern was regarding overpopulation and wondering whether the earth could sustain people living longer beyond normal life expectancy rates.

I was surprised to discover that it’s not so much about the number of people that inhabit our planet but more about the level of consumption that each individual has.

According to an article published by the BBC, if we keep consuming the earth’s resources and polluting the way we currently are – then of course this would cause issues – it already does. But if we were able to reduce our carbon footprints then population growth may not be an environmental concern.

So drastic changes in how we live would definitely be necessary to support a growing population but it is within the realm of possibility.

Now, for my second and even bigger question – when does science override our human experience?

Whether you call it the circle of life, the nature of things, how life works…. basically we are born, we age and we die. This is our human existence.

We may have a number of medical interventions along the way to help improve our quality of life as well as even possibly extend it.

But by potentially completely altering one of these life stages are we altering our human experience? And ethically, is this something for us to be concerned about?

On one side I can see so many benefits in slowing down or reversing some of the health issues related to aging. But how as a society do we decide where to start and stop?

I am not sure whether this will be a question that I will actually face within my lifetime. But it certainly makes for an interesting dinner conversation don’t you think?

Here’s more about this reverse aging research in this video;

Harvard University is also doing research in this area. David Sinclair from Harvard University explains more about this research and what they have discovered in the following video:

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.
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