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Attitudes Towards Aging: Looking To Live "Just Long Enough"

Over the last 100 years we have improved worldwide average lifespan by over 36 years. Today, people in most developed countries live on average more than 85 years.  As we live longer lives, our subjective well-being and our attitudes change accordingly towards aging. In 2012, Havas Worldwide conducted a survey of 7,213 people in 19 countries to understand their attitudes towards aging and growing old.

Most of the study respondents (77%) expect to age gracefully, think they are already aging better than their peers, and do not worry about being old until their 70s.

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Five Quick Reads

Google Wants To Store Your Genome: Connect And Compare Them With Others To Accelerate Medical Innovations

For $25 a year, Google will keep a copy of any genome in the cloud. Google is approaching hospitals and universities with a new pitch: “Have genomes? Store them with us.” Google Genomics could prove more significant than any of their other moonshots. To connect and compare genomes by the thousands, and soon by the millions, is what will propel medical discoveries for the next decade. Read more

Stem Cells Could Repair Parkinson's Damage

A new study saw researchers transplant stem cells into rats' brains. These cells then developed into dopamine producing brain cells, which are used to heal the brain damage caused by Parkinson’s Disease.  The National Health Service (NHS) thinks that this is promising early-stage research that demonstrates it is possible to manufacture dopamine-producing nerve cells from human embryonic stem cells in the laboratory. The next step is to follow on from this research with the first clinical trials in humans. Read more

Which New Technology Will Win the Race to Repair and Replace Our Organs?

Globally, organ failure is a leading cause of death, and transplantable organs are in far too short of a supply around the world to help many in need.  To fix this problem an extraordinary competition is underway. Soon, the radical concept of substantially improving or outright replacing our organs is going to be commonplace. Read more
Researchers Have Just Found A Better Way To Edit DNA

One of the most important biotechnological breakthroughs of the last several years is a genomic editing approach called CRISPR/Cas9. It allows researchers to replace a faulty, or mutated, version of a gene with a working copy. CRISPR, however, is not without its drawbacks.  To address those drawbacks, researcher Mark Kay has found a new way to go about genome editing that avoids these problems. The new technique is considered safer and longer-lasting than other methods. Read more
Achieving Immortality: How Science Seeks To End Aging

The dream to live forever has captivated mankind since the beginning. But until now, however, the possibility that we'd actually achieve such a thing never quite seemed real. Now through a variety of medical and technological advances, the likes of which seem as far fetched as immortality itself, that dream appears to be gradually on its way to becoming a reality. Listen to Wendell Wallach (consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale’s Center for Bioethics), Aubrey de Grey (Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation), and Stephen Cave (Author, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts) discuss this issue.
Upcoming Events
November 20-22, 2014, Paris, France - TransVision 2014 - 1st International Symposium on transhumanism in France

December 8, 2014, Oxford, UK - Big Data Science in Medicine: Accelerating Preventive Medicine
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This newsletter was created and edited by Avi Roy.

Edited by Mallory E. McLaren

Special thanks to Liz Parrish, Didier Coeurnelle, and Sven Bulterijs


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