Posted: May 21, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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So far as we know, the last hundred years have been the most radical period of life extension in all of human history. At the turn of the twentieth century, life expectancy for Americans was just over 49 years; by 2010, that number had risen to 78.5 years, mostly on account of improved sanitation and basic medicine. But life extension doesn’t always increase our well-being, especially when all that’s being extended is decrepitude. There’s a reason that Ponce de Leon went searching for the fountain of youth—-if it were the fountain of prolonged dementia and arthritis he may not have bothered. (via Radical Life Extension Is Already Here, But We’re Doing it Wrong – Ross Andersen – Health – The Atlantic)

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