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Cellular pathways that extend lifespan by 500 percent identified

Discussion in 'Physical & Life Sciences' started by Michael, Jan 14, 2020.

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  1. Michael

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    Pathways that extend lifespan by 500 percent identified: Discovery of cellular mechanisms could open door to more effective anti-aging therapies
     
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    What?
     
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    My ancestors are from Germany and Ireland according to my DNA.
     
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    Every 12 months improvements in medicine add a certain amount to a current living persons lifespan.


    If you graph out the data, in about 20 years it reaches more than 12 months longevity added every 12 months. That assumes no big breakthroughs on longevity.
     
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    Evidence please.
     
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    Right, that that loser Moses.
     
  9. Michael

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    People who live by the sword would still tend to die by the sword, so I'm not all that concerned about mass murders and dictator. On the other hand, an Einstein or Newton that lived 500 years might result in technological advances on a scale that we've never seen before. Even in my lifetime science has fundamentally changed the world that I grew up in.
     
  10. FrumiousBandersnatch

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    Continuous progressions of that kind are extremely rare - diminishing returns usually cause an asymptotic tail-off; even if there are jumps or stepwise improvements, they tend to become less frequent and/or smaller over time.

    The trick, for investors, is to identify where you are on the curve ;)
     
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    The opposite is happening. The abilities are compounding. Cooperation between abilities, communication, technology, Genetics, and AI are building on each other.

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  13. FrumiousBandersnatch

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    OK, I think we're talking at cross-purposes here. I was referring explicitly to the idea that longevity could increase in a roughly linear progression for as long as suggested in post #6.

    Many technologies have been in the rapid growth phase, but each has its lifetime before it is optimised, or diminishing returns set in, or it hits a limiting factor, or it is replaced.
     
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  14. Michael

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    I agree actually. I would however expect medicine to experience the same kind of impressive breakthroughs that we've seen in electronics and other areas of research over the next century. A lot of money is being invested in the field, and it's bound to pay some impressive dividends over time.

    At my age however, I'm unlikely to see the kind of advancement that would be required to see my own lifetime extended significantly as a result of such efforts.

    I think I'd be better off dieting and exercising. :)
     
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