I personally have never felt strongly one way or another about extending life. After all we all live, we all die. However reading the resources listed for the challenge did raise a few thoughts in my mind.
- Life Expectancy Of Yeast Extended To 800 In Yeast Years
- The End of Aging? Inside the New Hunt for a Cure to Growing Old
- Aubrey de Grey thinks he knows how to defeat aging, live to 1,000.
- Stem Cells Enable Paralyzed Rats to Walk, Ready for Human Trials
- Rare Gene Mutation Plays Role in Longevity
- The Next Big Thing? (Stanley Bing, Fortune.com)
I sat controversial therapies such as gene mutation and stem cell research aside and headed straight for an area or two that have always been of interest to me, Nanotechnology.
There have been great breakthroughs recently with nanotechnologies such as nanotubes, nanoemulsions and nanoparticles. And I feel strongly that nanotech and nonotech research are going to be on the forefront of even greater breakthroughs in the next few years.
A recent article fromTechnology Review"A New Approach to Combatting HIV" discusses the potential of Nanoemulsion vaccines as a way to generate immunity to smallpox and HIV in mice.
Another recent article, "Wiring Up DNA", discusses the use of carbon nanotubes to rapidly screen DNA for disease-linked mutations. And promising strides have been made in using New Nano Weapons against Cancer.
The technology is out there and is showing its potential to build solutions to previously unsolved problems. With more research and greater funding the limits are boundless.