In a message dated 99-01-27 01:07:18 EST, firstname.lastname@example.org (Alex Future Bokov) writes:
>So, if not as a scientist, then how else do you think an
>individual can further the cause of researching a way to slow or reverse
>the aging process? What do you think the field of biological gerontology
>needs most from laymen sympathizers? Or, are there any alternative paths
>to serious research that don't depend heavily on school transcripts and
>recommendations from professors? If you were me, what would you do?
Do something that fascinates you and that you're good at. I don't know you, so I can't say what that is, but there will be something. It doesn't have to be related to biogerontology - there's a lot about being human and becoming transhuman apart from extending lifespan.
There are many alternate paths to serious research - lab tech, accountant, sales, management, etc. Again, which is best for you I can't say. I have a friend who does regulatory submissions for bone replacements, and loves it.