We‘ll live to be a thousand, scientist claims
It‘s a milestone that few, if any, of us expect to reach. But the first person who will live to see their 150th birthday has already been born.
Even more incredibly, Aubrey De Grey believes that the first person to live for 1,000 years will be born in the next two decades.
The biomedical gerontologist and chief scientist of a foundation dedicated to longevity research claims that within his own lifetime doctors will have all the tools they need to “cure” ageing.
This will be done, he believes, by banishing all diseases and extending life indefinitely.
Dr De Grey said: “I‘d say we have a 50/50 chance of bringing ageing under what I‘d call a decisive level of medical control within the next 25 years or so. And what I mean by decisive is the same sort of medical control that we have over most infectious diseases today.”
Dr De Grey sees a time when people will go to their doctors for regular “maintenance”, which by then will include gene therapies, stem cell therapies, immune stimulation and a range of other advanced medical techniques to keep them in good shape.
He is the chief scientific officer of the non-profit California-based SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) Foundation.
Dr De Grey describes aging as the life-long accumulation of various types of molecular and cellular damage throughout the body.
“The idea is to engage in what you might call preventative geriatrics, where you go in to periodically repair that molecular and cellular damage before it gets to the level of abundance that is pathogenic,” he said.
Exactly how far and how fast life expectancy will increase in the future is a subject of some debate, but the trend is clear.
An average of three months is being added to life expectancy every year at the moment and experts estimate there could be a million centenarians across the world by 2030.
To date, the world‘s longest-living person on record lived to 122 and in Japan alone there were more than 44,000 centenarians in 2010.