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what is the best way to extend human life

Postby steelcat » Thu Sep 25, 2008 1:02 pm

what is the best way to extend human life
1) knock or copy a special genes
2) extend Telomeres
3) Stem Cell
4)Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell

how do you think, and what do you think?
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Postby mith » Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:34 pm

1. Targeting issues.
2. Does not prevent diseases from killing you off.
3. See #1.
4. See #1.
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Postby OneDayASurgeon12 » Fri Sep 26, 2008 3:02 am

Look up Aubry De Grey of Cambridge. He's got some interesting, though vague, thoughts on this.
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Postby biohazard » Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:16 pm

The most consistent method of extending pretty much any multicellular organism's life span is to restrict its intake of calories - works perfectly well for humans as well! The trick is to eat enough to avoid malnutrition, but eat considerably less than your average human/fruit fly/mouse, depending on what creature happen to be.

Apparently this forces the body to slow down its metabolic acitvity and thus the cellular machinery takes less damage - a bit like an engine that breaks down faster if you drive full throttle all the time. The exact mechanisms of this on cellular level are unfamiliar to me, though.

Oh and sorry if you needed answers only to those 4 points you mentioned, I wasn't of much help in that case :)
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Postby MrMistery » Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:31 pm

caloric restriction may improve life span, but the quality of life decreases.
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Postby Adamx » Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:06 am

Also avoid getting hit by a bus.
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