HOW CLOSE IS SCIENCE TO STOPPING AGING?
This is Part 2 on the science behind curing aging, for why get old with dignity when we can someday become immortal...with dignity.
To repeat, more than six years ago I published in The Huffington Post an article entitled:
Last month Science had an article on genetic engineering, which summarized current advancements in germline editing (modification of your unborn child's genes) and CRISPR (DNA-changing technology). Bioethics was particularly emphasized, but to quote CalTech President David Baltimore (right): The unthinkable has become conceivable.
My early introduction to the subject came when I went to Stanford University and sat in on lectures by Joshua Lederberg, who in 1958 won a Nobel Prize for the recombination of genes. He was the first to articulate on genetic engineering. I might add that 20 years later he went on to become president of Rockefeller University, and last week I received an e-mail reporting that the current president of Rockefeller, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, was selected as the next president of Stanford.
Sternagen, a biotech company, created five mature human embryos from a skin cell, killing them off in their studies. The next phase, it was announced, was to generate embryonic stem cells for cloning. Much of the western world remains opposed to human cloning, mostly for religious reasons, but, certainly, too, there are also huge moral issues at play.