Special CNN report spotlights life extension

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta from CNN  explores life extension in “Chasing Life,” a CNN Special Investigations Unit premiere, April 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. ET. 

The special is based on Gupta’s new book.  It sounds like very interesting.  Here’s an excerpt from an online report called The Future of Longevity.

Futurist and author Ray Kurzweil pops a couple hundred supplements a day, eats an extremely healthy diet and exercises. Kurzweil says he plans to live long enough to live forever.

Kurzweil’s strategy for immortality is based on the premise that science moves forward exponentially, with breakthroughs building on each other and coming at a faster and faster rate. As a result, he thinks life expectancy will start extending to the point where he can live indefinitely.

Kurzweil is dead serious about this.

“It’s going to be very different situation 10 or 15 years from now,” says Kurzweil, author of “The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.”

“We have very sharply designed interventions that can stop disease. So for baby boomers, we’d like to be in good shape 10 or 15 years from now when we have the sort of full flowering of the biotechnology revolution.”

Kurzweil’s quest for immortality is nothing new. The search for eternal youth has been around for thousands of years. Scientists, explorers, doctors and dreamers have tried potions, special diets, “magical” waters and some more unusual recipes for immortality.

Kurzweil sees the modern quest as different from the failed attempts of the past because it is based on science. In the next 15 or 20 years, he says, human biology will be so well understood we’ll be able to repair the human body in the same way we make repairs to a house or car.

More info:   The Future of Longevity

Here’s a few more worthwhile links in the CNN special:

Beginning the Chase for Life

Sanjay’s story:  The Secrets to Living to 100

‘Age Management’ is a controversial new medical focus

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One Response to “Special CNN report spotlights life extension”

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