Kevin Shutt
If wisdom comes with age, what are the implications of this?
If they need human subjects. Sign me up :-) I would marvel at the next centuries, being able to see how we take on Mars and such.
Maybe discover ET life in 2089, yeah being able to use this would be the only thing that might corrupt my otherwise unbreakable principles.
But who am I kidding. We will probably discover this only to see the missiles fall down haha. Sweet irony :-)
Telomerase therapy will probably not subject humans to cancer growth because cancer cells already have plenty of telomerase and that\'s part of the problem. Cancer growth (fast growing) wears out defensive mechanisms precisely because our bodies do not have an endless supply. Current thinking is that by providing our bodies with telomerase extension therapy we would provide a viable mechanism for fight cancer rather than ending up treating it with cancer drugs (and/or expiring). This is aside from the anti-aging effects such as revitalized muscle tone, energy, quality if skin and hair (no word on eyesight or sexual performance yet...).
It is good that scientists have recognized the need to be cautious with this but I\'m afraid that the \"ethics and morality police\" will presume it is their duty to blur the lines between what is technically achievable and what is \"good\" for society. If someone wishes to improve the quality of their life and, as a result, lives longer and healthier, then that should be the individual\'s decision. Would that person also be more productive? North America has stayed out in front because of its incredible ability to innovate. I see no reason to stop now....
Henry Franken
What about they turn them on in an 80 year old human and when they are 25 again they turn them of or back to normal telomeres, wouldn\'t that work ?
Jay Finke
at the age of 45., i would give it a try
I reckon that most people are trying to shorten the life of mice! lol! Seriously, imagine the ageing population if this research became successful. The way the World works is: We are born, we procreate, then we die. Look at Nature.
And you think we\'ve got an overly populated planet now? And NINE billion projected in the next forty years??? I, for one, would be delighted if we got what other species got, 6x prime. This would take us to 120, on average, and would surely be enough? LOL
I am sure there are plenty of people that would be willing to take a cancer risk, in exchange for even a short term health gain. My father is 81 and starting to get Alzheimers, I don\'t think he would worry to much about cancer killing him at this point.
If we significantly extend life span, world population already near the breaking point as far as being able to feed all of us, is going to sky rocket. We will have exchanged dying of old age for dying of starvation or war as food runs out.
I would love to get this treatment, when it works. However, if one person (me) gets it, we all should have the right to get it, and that would be a recipe for disaster. The world population is already growing out of control, and if we then lived longer, we should put a serious limit on reproduction, which is NOT a good thing.
So then we would need some way of policing who gets it, and who doesn\'t... Scary idea!