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Radical Life Extension and A Remedy for Death


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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!

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Radical Life Extension and A Remedy for Death

  1. 1. A Remedy for Death Radical Life Extension and . . .
  2. 2. It’s said that we only go around once in life.
  3. 3. What a caterpillar calls death
  4. 4. We call a butterfly!
  5. 5. Is it possible? Is it possible for humans to live on and on . . . . . . or even to live again?
  6. 6. The Smart Money is now investing in “radical life extension”
  7. 7. And . . . Click on articles for more info
  8. 8. But there’s a problem with that approach: Click on article for more info
  9. 9. The problem? • 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?
  10. 10. What’s that you say? You say you really wouldn’t care to live on locked in a computer’s memory?
  11. 11. Is there a better way?
  12. 12. A Remedy for Death Playing God with Body, Soul & Bio-tech
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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?
  15. 15. 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 Is this approach to radical life extension possible? You be the judge.
  16. 16. London Economist: “Forever young?” Click on article for more info
  17. 17. Click article for more info
  18. 18. From a three-part series in the Wall Street Journal Click here for more info
  19. 19. From a three-part series in the New York Times Click on the article for more info
  20. 20. 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.
  21. 21. Saving lives with help from pigs and human stem cells Dr. Doris Taylor, Director of Regenerative Medicine Research at Texas Heart Institute, holds a pig heart from which the pig’s cells have been removed. (“Whole organ decellularization.”) 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 heart. Photo: Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle
  22. 22. For more info on this, click here or on the article.
  23. 23. Click on the article to link to several related articles on this and similar topics.
  24. 24. 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 condition. 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 monkeys. 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
  25. 25. 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.
  26. 26. 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 the body.
  27. 27. But what about the ethics?
  28. 28. 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 To order as e-book or p-book To go to the blog