A Genetic Entrepreneur Sets His Sights on Aging and Death

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    Mar 06, 2014 7:02 PM GMT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/05/business/in-pursuit-of-longevity-a-plan-to-harness-dna-sequencing.html?ref=science&_r=0

    J. Craig Venter is the latest wealthy entrepreneur to think he can cheat aging and death. And he hopes to do so by resorting to his first love: sequencing genomes.

    On Tuesday, Dr. Venter announced that he was starting a new company, Human Longevity, which will focus on figuring out how people can live longer and healthier lives.

    To do that, the company will build what Dr. Venter says will be the largest human DNA sequencing operation in the world, capable of processing 40,000 human genomes a year.

    The huge amount of DNA data will be combined with huge amounts of other data on the health and body composition of the people whose DNA is sequenced, in the hope of gleaning insights into the molecular causes of aging and age-related illnesses like cancer and heart disease.

    Slowing aging, if it can be done, could be a way to prevent many diseases, an alternative to treating one disease a time.

    “Your age is your No. 1 risk factor for almost every disease, but it’s not a disease itself,” Dr. Venter said in an interview. Still, his company will also work on treating individual diseases of aging.


    Interestingly there's also this -
    Bahamas: Billionaire claims he is getting younger
    http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-26366751
    Bahamas resident Peter Nygard says he is receiving stem cell therapy and that a study from the University of Miami suggests he is getting younger, the Bahamas Tribune reports. "They are looking at me, and my markers have shown exactly that I have been actually reversing my ageing and getting younger," the 70-year-old says.

    He adds: "I am taking perhaps more stem cell treatment than anybody else in the world. I have been doing it for four years now, so I am sort of a testimonial that this stem cell really works."

    Nygard has reportedly been advocating for stem cell research in the Bahamas. A recent change in the law would allow medical centres to open there, though the country's attorney general denies Nygard was involved in the drafting of the legislation,
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    Mar 06, 2014 7:58 PM GMT
    Nice research to be!
    Let's hope for the good findings.... :-)
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    Mar 07, 2014 1:13 AM GMT
    and I was just recently assigned to research on Venter as my group project.