The war against aging has been raging for ever and if we are to put a commander in chief in this battle, Aubrey de Grey would likely be chosen to take the lead. This British biomedical gerontologist and author has been leading researches towards finding ways for freeing the world of age-related disease, and mostly, extending human life infinitely.
De Grey stands as the Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research and a fellow of both the American Aging Association and the Gerontological Society of America. He co-founded the SENS Research Foundation in 2009 which is a non-profit built around his Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS).
The researches in anti-aging treatments never ends. However, as de Grey explains to Futurism, the path to immortality is not only directed towards the science lab. Additionally, de Grey claims that cancer cells and DNA mutations are not the most giant hurdles to anti-aging breakthroughs: “The most difficult aspect [of fighting age-related diseases] is raising the money to actually fund the research”.
In the 2013 Pew Research Study, fifty-eight percent of respondents said that they had never heard of extreme life extension before. When they were asked if they would undergo treatments that would make them possible to live to the age of 120 or older, majority of the respondents said they would not, and fifty-one percent thought that such treatments would be “bad for society”.
“Aging is not mysterious. We understand it pretty well. It’s not even a phenomenon of biology. It’s more a phenomenon of physics. Any machine with moving parts is going to damage itself… and the result is inevitably going to be that eventually the machine fails. It’s the same for the human body as it is for a car, for example, and if we think about it that way, it becomes pretty easy to actually see what to do about it”.