Response to Hayflick

Randall Parker rgparker at west.net
Wed Dec 20 18:45:07 EST 2000


John,

Effective anti-aging therapies will _reverse_ aging. There will be less 
need for constant care.

As for the work involved in delivering anti-aging treatments: That will 
be fairly easy. The most effective will be gene therapies. Most of them 
will be delivered by injection. 

Caring for kids is a lot easier than caring for people who are in their 
80s. But if people in their 80s can have the damage repaired by 
injections that reprogram the cellular DNA most of the damage will be 
reversed.

On Wed, 20 Dec 2000 16:11:01 +1000 esteemed John H. did'st hold forth 
thusly:
> People can discuss and legislate all they like, if the technology is
> possible it is going to be implemented legally or illegally; probably both.
> What is not heard but I believe to be a real worry is that any significant
> anti-ageing strategies will require substantial external support via
> specialists, lab reports, etc. The older a person gets, the more chronic
> assistance will be required. Eg. We're all slowly going blind, imagine a
> world filled with 120 year blind people? Health systems are flat out and
> failing to care for kids even ... .
> 
> Who really cares about the social effects? How many other technologies are
> introduced with the "we'll worry about that later" attitude to the same?
> Most? The bait of universal life prolongation will be held out, in reality
> it will be for a minority and may never be feasible for the vast majority.
> It's easy to make a machine that lasts a long time and functions well, but
> bodies are very different, there were never designed to last a long time in
> the first place.
> 







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