Aubrey de Grey Says Aging is Soon to be Cured

A elderly Chinese man holds a young boy outside a shopping mall in downtown Beijing February 11, 2011. About 80 percent of Chinese senior citizens in urban areas will live alone by 2011, in a country where traditionally several generations lived under one roof.    UPI/Stephen Shaver

Biomedical gerontologist Aubrey de Grey believes that the first person who will live to age 150 has already been born, and the first person to reach 1,000 years could be less than 20 years younger, Reuters reports.

De Grey, who devotes his research to longevity studies, said scientists will likely have all the tools necessary to “cure aging” within his lifetime. He believes life could be extended indefinitely and that diseases could be rendered ineffectual.

“I’d say we have a 50/50 chance of bringing aging under what I’d call a decisive level of medical control within the next 25 years or so,” de Gray said in an interview with Reuters. “And what I mean by decisive is the same sort of medical control that we have over most infectious diseases today.”

He said this kind of life extension will be the product of things like gene therapy, stem cell therapy and immune stimulation. According to him, aging is simply a product of molecular and cellular damage throughout the body, which can be periodically repaired before it reaches pathogenic levels.

According to Reuters, the world currently sees an average of three months added to life expectancy every year and more than a million centenarians could be living by 2030. The world’s longest-living person so far reached an age of 122 years.

De Grey has a doctorate and is chief scientific officer of the non-profit Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence Foundation, which he helped co-found in 2009.

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