Science Researching a Cure for Death

by M-Gillies

Would you take a pill that would cure death?

Despite our best efforts, death is the ultimate population control, and while some of us exercise daily, scrutinize the food we eat and follow a regimen to postpone, if not cheat our own expiring mortality, scientists are studying the effects of aging in an attempt to prolong the human longevity through life extension science.

The phrase “curing death” is one that has been used frequently in the pursuit of lengthening the human lifespan, and while some interpretations of the phrase could compare death to a common illness in which a visit to the doctor and a prescription of pills would prevent it, “curing death” is more or less a means of improving the rate of aging as our cells begin to betray us.

With the widespread sale of anti-aging products such as nutritional awareness, physical fitness, skin care, hormone replacements, vitamins, supplements and herbs claiming to be anti-aging advocates, medical experts, including the American Medical Association have been critical of their claims. However, life extension science, otherwise known as biomedical gerontology and colloquially known as longevity science, is the study of slowing down or even reversing the process of aging through tissue rejuvenation using stem cells, molecular repair and organ replacement. While this science is based on a formula of creating indefinite longevity in the human lifespan, it is by no means a cure for death. Simply put, life extension science uses the term indefinite as a substitute from the terms “immortal” and “eternal youth” which mean, respectively, an incapability of dying, and a guaranteed existence for eternity. This means, that regardless if all diseases could be cured and the molecular damage done to the body reversed, outside factors can still play a pivotal role in one’s death, be it accidents, murders, or choosing to die.

Throughout an individual’s life time, the body accumulates damage to its cells, tissues and organs while undergoing the process of aging. What life extension science and research proposes is the reduction of the rate of damage done to the body from aging through periodic replacement of damaged tissues, molecular repair or the rejuvenation of deteriorated cells and tissues. As many scientists continue to improve upon the quality of life through the process of aging, alternative forms of life extension are being considered as a means of prolonging life and ceasing the effects aging has on the body, which include cryonics, genetic modification, reproductive cloning, nanotechnology, and SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence).

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