The future of longevity

While there is so lit­tle activ­i­ty on trade agree­ments or nego­ti­a­tions and only promis­es of inno­va­tion in trade pol­i­cy, I’ve been pay­ing clos­er atten­tion to oth­er things. Demog­ra­phy, of course, and in this case epi­demi­ol­o­gy.

It took twen­ty thou­sand cen­turies for life-expectan­cy to dou­ble. But it grew by as much again in just one cen­tu­ry in Aus­tralia. Sur­vival accel­er­at­ed due to changes in the way we live. Longer, health­i­er lives in the future, how­ev­er, will depend on changes to the way we age. There can­not be, a ‘longevi­ty gene’; what­ev­er favours longer life has some oth­er pur­pose, so manip­u­la­tion of the com­plex cel­lu­lar mech­a­nisms that appear to reg­u­late age­ing car­ries col­lat­er­al risk. Any advances are still only on the hori­zon of genet­ics and biol­o­gy. But it seems cer­tain the demand is there, dri­ven by the enor­mous, most­ly hid­den, eco­nom­ic val­ue of longevi­ty, which is ris­ing rapid­ly among the new glob­al mid­dle class­es in Chi­na and India.
The Future of Longevi­tycom­ments wel­come

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