What would you do if a scientist told you he discovered the fountain of youth, and as a result, you would never be sick or get old?
Would you believe him, and if so, would you take advantage of his medicine?
Well, it’s only a matter of time before we will all have an opportunity to make that decision, thanks to a man who has dedicated his research to regenerative medicine. Aubrey de Grey, 55, has dedicated over a decade to prove to everyone that it is indeed possible to live for 400 years or more while vibrant, healthy and happy. Known for his book Ending Aging, he has taken his research on regenerative medicine to new levels thanks to his very own research center.
Staying alive forever is appealing…but is it ethical?
When it comes to finding the fountain of youth, we are all willing to do whatever is necessary to score the ultimate goal of continued existence. We have all seen the movies of oxymoron vampires that are both young and old at the same time; displaying tight skin, vibrant energy, and at the ripe old age of 300. Living a long life without illness is a dream that most of us have had since we were young, but what happens when someone tells us it’s possible? That’s when the problems begin to brew, according to de Grey.
“What people fail to see is that this research is not just about looking great or living forever,” said de Grey in response to his critics who doubt his motives. “This ignorance is what stands in the way of people understanding this research and the importance of it.” What is the research, exactly? De Grey co-founded the Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS) in 2009 to utilize an engineered approach that is designed to keep the process of degradation below the threshold of a deadly disease. Basically, his research confirms that the process of engineering human cells, tissues or organs can aid in the extension of life as we know it.
Does it really matter what the critics say?
When you have a scientist who dedicates his research center to finding mechanical replacements for tissues injured by trauma, damaged by disease or worn by time, should it matter whether people support his efforts or not?
The pushback that de Grey is facing is actually doing more harm than good considering the attitude of his biggest critics reflect the lack of understanding that most people have regarding his research. “It’s unnatural to stand in the way of the natural evolution of man,” stated one of de Grey’s critics. “Man continues to think he’s God by pushing the envelope of human existence. This takes things too far and blurs the line of what man should and should not attempt to do with human life.”
De Grey has heard it all and continues to remain steadfast in his desire to provide the world with the opportunity to live the life they both want and deserve. “People tend to fall victim to psychological madness and fear surrounding their lack of truly understanding the importance of regenerative medicine,” de Grey states when asked about how he’s questioned by critics on the grounds of ethics.
“I actually believe it’s suicide for anyone to refuse to take the therapy.” De Grey makes it very clear that his research is dedicated to improving life, not extending it. “If you have an opportunity to improve your cells and avoid cancer or other diseases, why on earth would you say no to that unless you’re insane?”
But not everyone fails to see the importance of de Grey’s research. The founder of the Pineapple Fund, one of the SENS biggest financial contributors, stated that they believed that “regenerative medicine for aging will be transformative to both medicine and humanity.” Additionally, de Grey’s research foundation has raised more than $7,900,000 in donations…most of which were from Ethereum, and have acquired thousands of partners who support his effort to regenerate cells and extend life.
The critics are the least of the problem
The process of overcoming public confusion and self-denial is a grueling one that leads to an overabundance of travel time, speaking engagements, and interviews; all of which he feels is well worth it if it will help the public understand how the treatments work and why they are so vital to the improvement of our overall health. De Grey puts a great deal of stock in the fact that public understanding will lead to improved levels of financial support, which is gravely needed.
“Unfortunately, the rate of progress is limited based on the money received,” stated de Grey. “We need to pay the people to actually do what they are trained to do on this issue. It starts with getting the word out so that people can understand the value.” It seems he has found the ingredients to the fountain of youth, but now, it’s a matter of who will drink from it.
To learn more about Aubrey de Grey and the SENS non-profit research organization, or to donate, please visit http://www.sens.org.