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Attitudes to life extension via genetic engineering

Patrick O'Neil patrick at corona
Mon Feb 27 01:47:19 EST 1995

On 26 Feb 1995, Rick Abrams wrote:

> Please define natural life span. Is it the 120 years of the 
> woman in France; or my father's, who died two years younger
> than I am today (heart failure). 

There is no set, hard span but I have read estimates that put maximum 
human lifespan at around 120 years, which doesn't bode all too well for 
the Frenchwoman, depending on how one views things.  If I were a betting 
man, I would bet against the woman getting to 125. 
  The max possible is barring other factors such as cancer, heart 
disease, alzheimer's, congenital defects, etc.    
Unfortunately for your father, disease got him rather than age-related 

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