Time to get your pension plans sorted out

We all know that people are living longer these days, thanks to advanced medicine and technology. But it seems we’re hitting the steep bit of the curve, if you believe what the scientists are saying at an Oxford University conference on life extension and enhancement:

Richard Miller of the Michigan University Medical School said tests on mice and rats — genetically very similar to humans — showed lifespan could be extended by 40 percent, simply by limiting calorie consumption.

Translated into humans, that would mean average life expectancy in rich countries rising from near 80 to 112 years, with many individuals living a lot longer.

Aubrey de Grey, a biomedical gerontologist from Cambridge University, goes much further. He believes the first person to live to 1,000 has already been born and told the meeting that periodic repairs to the body using stem cells, gene therapy and other techniques could eventually stop the aging process entirely.

Somehow I get the feeling that our generation won’t be stopping work at the age of 65…if there are any jobs left by then of course, let alone space on the face of the planet. Yet another reason to obey the doctrine of *getting the human race off planet real damn soon*.

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