If science does indeed solve the riddle of aging – which it looks like it may in the future – how will we deal with overpopulation? Who will benefit from the science? The rich? The famous? And what are the spiritual implications? What if life is merely one stage in a grand journey of learning? If we stall the progression, what will become of our souls?
(Also, read the article to learn more about the fascinating link between anti-aging techniques and the cure for cancer.)
The Ultimate Medical Breakthrough
“A couple of weeks ago the results of an experiment were published that offers a glimpse into the future of the human race — a future when there is no more “getting old” and, most significantly, no cancer. But to fully appreciate what has happened, you will need to get the background story first.
It is a natural desire to want to live a long life. Despite the claims of eating organic food, vegetarianism or vitamins, the only thing scientifically linked to longevity (besides starvation) is genetics. If your parents and grandparents lived a long life, you will likely live long.
We now understand exactly what causes aging and death — on the molecular level. Scientists have spent the last decade trying to manipulate the enzymes and protiens that determine how many times our cells can make copies of themselves — and how long we can live. But they have always faced a dilema: the same conditions that makes a cell live longer are also present in cancer.
About a decade ago, it was discovered that the ends of the DNA molecular strands had a long series of meaningless code (“TTAGGG” in the language of DNA enzymes) that kept repeating and repeating. It was noticed that these strands, called telomeres, were longer in young cells (about 10,000 base pairs) and shorter in older cells (about 5,000 base pairs). When the telomeres got too short, the cell died…”
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