Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Transhumanism in the news:

So You Want to Live Forever?

Sirtris Pharmaceuticals is testing a fountain-of-youth pill in humans. You won't live forever, but it may slow aging and increase lifespan. So far, it's working.

Cloning: a giant step

A technical breakthrough has enabled scientists to create for the first time dozens of cloned embryos from adult monkeys, raising the prospect of the same procedure being used to make cloned human embryos.

Attempts to clone human embryos for research have been dogged by technical problems and controversies over fraudulent research and questionable ethics. But the new technique promises to revolutionise the efficiency by which scientists can turn human eggs into cloned embryos.

(Thanks to The Daily Grail.)


TJ said...

If anyone is interested in life extension techniques, Intermittent Fasting is the latest thing to hit the life extension crowd becuase it gives the benefits of calorie restriction (activation of the Sirt1 gene) without forcing people to starve themselves full-time.

At this point, Ifasting combined with generous doses of Resveratrol and other assorted anti-oxidants, hormone supplimentation, and excercise is something that everyone can do today to extend their likely lifespan and quality of life.

Sure, targeted pills will make this stuff easier, but it's not like people can't do it with existing approaches.

Anonymous said...

"So You Want to Live Forever?"

Unlike many people, I answer this question honestly -- YES.

tj -- Thanks for the intermittent fasting tip. I can actually combine this with my occult practice. Do you have a reference or Web site or some such for this? Also, I know there are actually resveratrol caps available now and when I manage to get up off my butt, I plan to order some. (That way, I can cut back to just two brown bags of Gallo Chianti per day, LOL.)

--W.M. Bear