Re : Nature Special on Aging

From: Joao Pedro de Magalhaes (
Date: Mon Nov 20 2000 - 07:19:07 MST


You wrote:
> Then if all of my points except possibly #1 is correct I am justified in:
>1. Doing all that I can to improve the quality of my health and life.
>2. Expecting to a reward in the form of at least a slightly lengthened life
>span as well as more enjoyment of such life as I do live.
>3. Hoping to have additonal advancements in medicine bring further rewards
>to me.

Yes, I would say so.

> Let me pose you a practical question; if I am sixty five and healthy as
>the traditional horse what is the probability of a major life extension
>within my lifetime?

Easy answer: I don't know. Difficult answer: it's hard to say, but assuming
you live on average 20 years (i.e. you live until 85) I would say that might
be enough time (say a 50% chance) for us to know what causes aging and
develop a few products to significantly delay it. Of course that there is
the additional problem of you being too old -- i.e. 85 -- to be treated (the
first anti-aging treatments might be much more effective if started earlier
in life than later, there are arguments on both sides), but this is

Best wishes.

Joao Pedro de Magalhaes
The University of Namur (FUNDP)
Unit of Cellular Biochemistry & Biology
Rue de Bruxelles, 61. B-5000 Namur. Belgium.

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