This presentation, a spin-off of the research for the techno-thriller, A REMEDY FOR DEATH, explores the growing investments by today’s “smart money” in Radical Life Extension–a blanket term for an array of bio-science and neuro-science approaches to extending human life and reducing the effects of aging and illness.
As a character in A REMEDY FOR DEATH puts it, “What we’ve built here is a Jurassic Park for rich old guys like us who want to come back into healthy, horny 21-year old bodies complete with all our accumulated savvy from this lifetime.”
And life is imitating art: TIME magazine ran a cover story “Can Google solve death,” and in BUSINESS INSIDER, “These tech billionaires are determined to buy their way out of death.”
The infographic provides a brief overview of some of the research actually being done now: growing human organs in labs; growing human “spare parts” within both humans and animals; using new three-dimensional printers to build bits and pieces of human organs from living tissue and human stem cells; generating replacement human organs made-to-order using scaffolds and “spray-on” cells derived from patients’ own tissues, then multiplied in test-tubes; even research on growing and grafting human brain cells into humans and chimps.
And good news! This infographic IS NOT a plot-spoiler for A REMEDY FOR DEATH!
But there’s a problem with that approach:
• If you could live on, way beyond your
normal lifespan, that is . . .
• If “you” (whatever makes you “you”)
could live on after your body has given
up the ghost (so to speak!). . .
• Would you really want to “live on” in a
memory stick, or even in a big main-
frame computer memory?
What’s that you say?
You say you really wouldn’t care
to live on locked in a computer’s
A Remedy for Death
Playing God with Body, Soul & Bio-tech
Parsons Couldsen on why he funded
the Hauenfelder Clinic:
“What we’ve built here is a
Jurassic Park for rich old guys like
us who want to come back into
healthy, horny 21-year old bodies
complete with all our accumulated
savvy from this lifetime.”
From the science technothriller, A REMEDY FOR DEATH
I think most of would agree that we’d rather
come back “into a fresh young body that’s
healthy and horny and 21 and holding all this
present lifetime’s savvy”.
That sounds a lot better than being trapped in
a computer memory, doesn’t it?
But do we have that choice?
The science technothriller, A REMEDY FOR DEATH,
suggests how that can be done . . . a way building from
today’s real-world science, though with the elements put
together in unique ways.
Following here are a few—just a few—
Elements of that research, drawn from the
book’s blog www.A-Remedy-for-Death.com.
Is this approach to radical life extension
possible? You be the judge.
London Economist: “Forever young?”
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for more info
From a three-part series in the
Wall Street Journal
Click here for
From a three-part series in the
New York Times
How 3-D printers are building bits and
pieces of us from living tissue
To link to several articles on 3D printing of human organs.
Saving lives with help from pigs and human
Dr. Doris Taylor, Director of
Research at Texas Heart
Institute, holds a pig heart
from which the pig’s cells have
been removed. (“Whole organ
It is to be used as a scaffold
or framework to be
“repopulated” with human
stem cells. The object is to
create a revitalized human
Photo: Michael Paulsen / Houston
For more info
on this, click
here or on the
Click on the article to link to several related articles on this
and similar topics.
Human fetal stem cells successfully grafted
into chimp brains
Brain cells that die off
in Parkinson's disease have been
grown from stem cells and grafted
into monkeys' brains in a major step
towards new treatments for the
US researchers say they have
overcome previous difficulties in
coaxing human embryonic stem cells
to become the neurons killed by the
disease. Tests showed the cells
survive and function normally in
animals and reverse movement
problems caused by Parkinson's in
The breakthrough raises the
prospect of transplanting freshly
grown dopamine-producing cells into
human patients to treat the diseaseClick the article for more info on this
From the article:
‘[A] paper just published in the
journal Nature has shown that it
is possible to sustain a
rudimentary brain in a vat. It has
also demonstrated that it is
possible to synthesize one, from
scratch—or from a lattice of stem
cells, at least. . . . The “cerebral
organoids” that researchers were
able to produce are akin to the
neural precursors that you would
find in an embryo, nine weeks or
so after conception. They are not
yet wired up; they’ve not had any
experience; they have no
thoughts, no ideas, no emotions.
They are, at best, brains-in-
training, and nothing that anyone
would mistake for real brains.”For links to several articles on growing
human brains, click on the article above.
If at first you die,
try, try again!
Death will come for us all one day,
but life will not fade from our bodies
all at once. After our lungs stop
breathing, our hearts stop beating,
our minds stop racing, our bodies
cool, and long after our vital signs
cease, little pockets of cells can live
for days, even weeks. Now scientists
have harvested such cells from the
scalps and brain linings of human
corpses and reprogrammed them
into stem cells.
In other words, dead people can
yield living cells that can be
converted into any cell or tissue in
This infographic was adapted from the
research for the science technothriller,
A Remedy for Death
Playing God with Body, Soul and Bio-tech
by Michael McGaulley
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