Seen At 11: Could The Next Generation Live To Be 150?
Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:30 AM
Experts: Huge Breakthroughs In Science And Technology Could Make It A Reality
February 14, 2012 11:45 PM
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — People in the Tri-State Area are living longer than ever, and if scientists have their way, life expectancies will continue to rise. Technologies today could allow the next generation to live up to 150, but how far should scientists go to allow people to live this long?
Baby Maxwell Jones’ life is just getting started, but if he’s lucky, the hours-old infant could live well into the next century.
“A hundred years, seems a stretch but it’s obviously possible,” his mother told CBS 2′s Kristine Johnson.
More than just possible as some aging experts believe scientific breakthroughs will mean babies born today will live more than 100 years.
Geriatrician Dr. Joyce Fogel says medical advances have already made a huge difference.
“There was a time when people didn’t live to older age because they died from the flu. We’re doing much better. In 1900, when somebody was born, they were expected to live to the age of 50,” she said.
Scientists are making huge advances in the lab, growing new organs from adult human stem cells, creating body parts with 3D printers, and using gene therapy to successfully treat diseases like blindness and leukemia.
And that’s not all. Doctors have already doubled the lifespan of a worm.
“The hope is that we could make a drug that would replicate in humans so that it would allow humans to stay young longer as well,” Dr. Cynthia Kenyon said.
However, work like this isn’t considered mainstream.
“Sometimes technology exceeds common sense,” one woman said.
“As long as science will allow me to live I want to live as long as possible,” another woman said.
Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:17 AM
And if they keep working, how will anybody ever get into the job market? If a person works for 80 years, the job market will be totally changed. Or you won't be able to find a job if you are fired if you are older than 60. It's hard enough now.
This post has been edited by Bookdoc: 16 February 2012 - 11:20 AM