Who wants to live forever?

Lucke, J. C. and Hall, W. D. (2005) Who wants to live forever?. EMBO Reports, 6 2: 98-102. doi:10.1038/sj.embor.7400339


Author Lucke, J. C.
Hall, W. D.
Title Who wants to live forever?
Journal name EMBO Reports   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-221X
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1038/sj.embor.7400339
Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 98
End page 102
Total pages 5
Place of publication London
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Language eng
Subject C1
329902 Medical Biotechnology
730203 Health related to ageing
110199 Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics not elsewhere classified
111702 Aged Health Care
110308 Geriatrics and Gerontology
Abstract For millennia, human civilization has been fascinated with overcoming death. Immortality, eternal youth or at least the prospect of reaching biblical age have had a strong lure for religion, art and popular beliefs. Life after death, which is, in essence, eternal life, is the one central element of nearly all religions since Ancient Egypt. If we believe the Old Testament, some of the patriarchs lived for several hundreds of years. In the medieval ages, the fountain of youth was a popular myth, often illustrated in paintings, such as Lucas Cranach's The Fountain of Youth (Fig 1). And society today has not lost its fascination with immortality, as seen in Hollywood movies such as the Highlander films (1986–2000), The 6th Day (2000) or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and novels such as H. Rider Haggard's She. But for the first time, modern science may provide the knowledge and tools to interfere with the ageing processes and fulfil this age-old dream. This possibility has triggered an intense debate among scientists and ethicists about the potential of anti-ageing therapies and their ethical and social consequences. Given that anti-ageing therapies could dramatically change the social fabric of modern societies, it is quite astonishing that these debates have neglected the views of the larger public.
Keyword Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Cell Biology
Quality-of-life
Antiaging Medicine
Biotechnology
Enhancement
Extension
Limits
Death
Need
Q-Index Code C1

 
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