Aging: Can We Do It Better and Longer?

The search for the fountain of youth has beckoned explorers and plagued philosophers across the millennia. Now, it seems that our ability to manipulate genes and tinker with hormones may truly allow us to decelerate aging. Rather than focus on individual diseases associated with growing older, researchers are looking for ways to slow the entire aging process, and their work is bold, promising, and sobering. What is the real potential here? What are the ethical implications? What could be the unintended consequences?

Festival: 2014

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