from the May 1st issue of Earth Week
Earth's First 'Immortal' Said to Be Already Alive
A U.K. gerontologist claims that the first person to be able to avoid the illnesses of old age and to live indefinitely has probably already been born.
|This 105-year-old woman from India was born a century too early for technology to someday offer her immortality.|
Cambridge PhD alum, author and chief science officer of the SENS Research Foundation Aubrey de Grey believes that the first person to live to be 1,000 is already walking the planet.
But he tells Vice’s Motherboard website that true immortality is probably out of the question.
“The first thing I want to do is get rid of the use of this word 'immortality,' because it’s enormously damaging. It is not just wrong; it is damaging,” said de Grey. “It means zero risk of death from any cause—whereas I just work on one particular cause of death, namely aging.”
He said he’s already working on therapies that could take people aged 60 years and rejuvenate them enough so they won’t be biologically 60 again until they are actually 90.