Will modern Science be able to stop aging? Will it be able to reverse it?
Ever since Ponce de Leon, in the minds of most Americans, man has dreamed of a sort of youthful immortality. Or as Dr. Anthony Atala puts it: "...every 30 seconds, a patient dies, who could have been treated with tissue replacement."
To achieve the delayed aging goal, there are only two options: The first option is to be able to understand the aging process and then to be able to reverse it in our tissues. The second option, is much more radical, it is to be able to replace our organs, as needed, with artificial ones which can be easily repaired or replaced. Under this first option, there are several sub-options, that are explained in the term, "regenerative medicine." With the first option, it would seem logical to think that there must be a limit to the rejuvenation. At some point, the original cells may not be able to rejuvenated any longer. When this happens, we will have to switch to the second option anyway. So it seems logical to conclude that the second option, that of artificially replacing the organs and body parts is the long term goal to achieve a form of immortality. This is the position of the Transhumanists.