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Aubrey de Grey

The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime

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'Ending Aging' by Aubrey de Grey is a groundbreaking book that presents a roadmap for ending the aging process. Through radical life extension techniques, it aims to give people a radically increased chance to live healthy and longer lives.

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    Aging is a part of every human life, or is it?

    As the saying goes, two things are unavoidable in life: death and taxes. While it’s true that there isn’t much we can do to keep the government from taking a chunk out of our paycheck, we are becoming better at delaying death.

    We’ve long accepted aging as an unavoidable, though unpleasant, fact of life. Most people don’t think there’s much sense in worrying about something we have no control over. Why waste time trying to prevent the inevitable? After all, how can you enjoy life if you’re worrying about an unsolvable problem?

    There are also those who believe that solving the problem of aging could be a bad thing; there are concerns that such a solution would contribute to overpopulation, or that the solution would only be available to the extremely wealthy.

    But there are many – the author among them – who believe it is worth regarding the problem of aging as potentially soluble, just like any other ailment. That’s why the author has developed a program that aims to stop aging.

    This program is called SENS: Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence.

    In the upcoming blinks, we’ll see how this strategy could help prevent mitochondrial mutations by clearing up the junk that plagues human cells. This junk includes disease-promoting proteins called AGEs and death-resistant “zombie cells.” We’ll also see how these steps can promote healthy cell loss as well as prevent DNA mutation, which leads to aging.

    The author’s program does face some challenges, however: there are concerns about insufficient funding to properly develop the technology and conduct the research that is needed to stop people from aging.

    But if funding does come through, he predicts – with a 50 percent certainty – that it will be possible for us to stop people from dying of old age.

    Most scientists agree that aging is inevitable. However, the bodily damage that causes aging may be reparable.

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    What is Ending Aging about?

    Ending Aging (2007) puts forward a fascinating theory about how science may allow human beings to slow the hands of time and, therefore, the process of aging. Learn what happens in our bodies that leads to aging, disease and cancer – and how modern science might be able to put an end to these problems once and for all.

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    Ending Aging (2007) explores groundbreaking research on how humans can overcome aging and achieve indefinite lifespans. Here's why this book is a must-read:

    • By presenting a comprehensive roadmap for reversing the aging process, it offers hope for a future where diseases associated with old age can be conquered.
    • The book combines cutting-edge scientific knowledge with pragmatic strategies, making it a valuable resource for both scientists and non-experts interested in longevity.
    • Through clear explanations and thought-provoking arguments, it challenges conventional wisdom and invites readers to contemplate the possibilities of an extended human lifespan.

    Best quote from Ending Aging

    There is no ticking time bomb – just the accumulation of damage.

    —Aubrey de Grey
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    Who should read Ending Aging?

    • Students of gerontology
    • Anyone hoping to prolong their life
    • Biologists interested in the experimental science of aging

    About the Author

    Aubrey de Grey, PhD, is chief science officer and chairman of the Methuselah Foundation. As a biomedical gerontologist, he is one of the most active scientists in the fight to stop aging. He developed the SENS program to stop aging. Currently, he organizes conferences and workshops to promote further research.

    Michael Rae is Dr. de Grey’s research assistant. He was a board member of the Calorie Restriction Society and a major contributor to their how-to guide. He is also assisted with a partner study that tries to determine how calorie restriction might be feasible for humans.

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    The main message of Ending Aging is that it is possible to combat and reverse the aging process.

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    Ending Aging is a valuable read for anyone interested in extending their lifespan and living a healthier life.

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    The author of Ending Aging is Aubrey de Grey.

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