Geneticists Discover a Way to Extend Lifespans to 800 Years

  • metta

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    Apr 08, 2013 5:36 AM GMT
    Geneticists Discover a Way to Extend Lifespans to 800 Years

    http://io9.com/345728/geneticists-discover-a-way-to-extend-lifespans-to-800-years
  • PolaroidSwing...

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    Apr 08, 2013 5:38 AM GMT
    I hope not, could you imagine the overpopulation?
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    Apr 09, 2013 10:07 PM GMT
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    Apr 09, 2013 10:10 PM GMT
    Hooey
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    Apr 09, 2013 10:16 PM GMT
    I hope this means that we get to be in our 20s for a hundred years and our thirties for a hundred years etc etc instead of being 75 for 700 years.
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    Apr 09, 2013 10:17 PM GMT
    Who wants to look like a crypt keeper for 725 years? I wonder how this would work for women. Could they only get pregnant for the first 55 years? Or would their eggs come down every 10 months instead of every month?
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    Apr 09, 2013 10:22 PM GMT
    Oh great! I barely have enough to retire on now, so certainly not enough to last another 800 years.
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    Apr 09, 2013 10:28 PM GMT
    If humans could control their population I do not see this as a problem. The issue is clearly humanity's incessant need to over breed. I would volunteer for this research. I have already passed my genes on to one child, that is more than enough.
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    Apr 09, 2013 10:30 PM GMT
    How will you be able to tell when they're dead?
  • blueyedgrey20...

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    Apr 09, 2013 10:40 PM GMT
    That's un natural. It's like playing god. People aint ment to live 800 years. Remember how they messed with the natural order of things in jurrassic park. Yes successfull but very deadly and underestimated. I see no good in this i dont wanna live that long.
  • TannerMasseur

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    Apr 09, 2013 10:50 PM GMT
    Imagine all the things u can do: no sense of urgency, perfect for procrastinators, "I'll just do it tomorrow, got 800 years to mosey on about icon_smile.gif ......" They would encourage homosexuality so breeders couldn't overpopulate with lengthened lifespans....... icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 09, 2013 11:01 PM GMT
    The only way to make this sustainable is to make hetero sex illegal, except once every 500 years. If they did that, I'd be all for it. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Smakkyoface

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    Apr 09, 2013 11:14 PM GMT
    Im only 21 and life has been long enough already. Most days are boring and others depressing.
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    Apr 09, 2013 11:16 PM GMT
    Might be the end of social progress.

    Lots of people had to die off for gay marriage to become (or be on its way to becoming) a reality. . . .
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    Apr 09, 2013 11:27 PM GMT
    I would hate to live in a world where only people like Justin Bieber can afford to live hundreds of years.
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    Apr 09, 2013 11:33 PM GMT
    ATC84 saidI would hate to live in a world where only people like Justin Bieber can afford to live hundreds of years.


    This would be the sad reality, only the wealthy can afford such a procedure.
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Apr 09, 2013 11:39 PM GMT
    KJSharp saidI hope this means that we get to be in our 20s for a hundred years and our thirties for a hundred years etc etc instead of being 75 for 700 years.


    You would probably physically remain where you are when you start taking the therapy.
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    Apr 09, 2013 11:41 PM GMT
    So the article mentions they only knocked out two genes that are related to cancer... but it's a wee bit more complicated than that. Telomeres are kind of a big deal too...
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    Apr 09, 2013 11:42 PM GMT
    Well it sounded like it just slowed cell deprecation by 10 fold, so assuming people didn't have the therapy until they were in their 20's, we'd only live for another 600 years or so icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 09, 2013 11:50 PM GMT
    PolaroidSwinger saidI hope not, could you imagine the overpopulation?



    Carrousel ride anyone?
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    Apr 09, 2013 11:53 PM GMT
    blueyedgrey2014 saidThat's un natural. It's like playing god. People aint ment to live 800 years. Remember how they messed with the natural order of things in jurrassic park. Yes successfull but very deadly and underestimated. I see no good in this i dont wanna live that long.


    Is this a joke? Are you really using Jurassic Park as an example to back up your point?

    There's nothing unnatural about medically extending the human life-span considering we've already been doing it for years now. A lot of scientists predict that the average lifespan for babies currently being born in the developed world will be around 100 years. This is due to mostly to advances in medicine.

    But anyway, I'm surprised at how negatively people are taking this news. Yes, if this becomes a thing there will be some issues that would need to be addressed bu this knee-jerk reaction of "We're playing God!" or "What about overpopulation!??!?" seem a bit short-sighted.

    I mean first off, populations have a way of naturally balancing out. Even if starting tomorrow all humans lived to be 800, we wouldn't find ourselves living like sardines with 5 people for every square foot or something ridiculous like that. Also, people who are starving today are starving not because there's not enough food to go around but because the 1st world is hogging most of the food. If resources were distributed evenly there would be more than enough to go around for everyone.

    I could go on addressing all the other issues addressed but my point is that this life-extending technology doesn't necessarily have to turn into the shit-show everyone seems to think it will. I think it has a lot of potential to benefit humanity.
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    Apr 09, 2013 11:58 PM GMT
    Caloric restriction? Is that another name for starvation? I don't think people in starving areas of the world live that long.

    LOL, "tests started on Ecuadorians"? Ah, we won't be around to see the results. Imagine, "Well, this bunch only lived til 130, oh well. Guess we were wrong, not 800+ I think the ol' late Gramps was wrong."
  • great_scott

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    Apr 10, 2013 12:00 AM GMT
    Lol reminds me of Death Becomes Her. I think I'll be over life somewhere around 65-70.
  • calibro

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    Apr 10, 2013 12:03 AM GMT
    blueyedgrey2014 saidThat's un natural. It's like playing god. People aint ment to live 800 years. Remember how they messed with the natural order of things in jurrassic park. Yes successfull but very deadly and underestimated. I see no good in this i dont wanna live that long.


    yes, because we should base all of our scientific endeavors based on fictional films that are founded on horrible science
  • Tombo

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    Apr 10, 2013 12:56 AM GMT
    Surely it will take hundreds, if not thousands of years to test this.

    lol