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What will happen when the wealthy can live until 120 and the poor die at 60? – Linda Marsa

What will happen when the wealthy can live until 120 and the poor die at 60? – Linda Marsa | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Costly new longevity drugs could help the wealthy live 120 years or more – but will everyone else die young?
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Life extension and trans-humanism need a proper democratic debate, or they will boost the already widening income gap into an even sharper life expectancy (and quality) gulf.

 

«The life expectancy gap between the affluent and the poor and working class in the US, for instance, now clocks in at 12.2 years. College-educated white men can expect to live to age 80, while counterparts without a high-school diploma die by age 67. White women with a college degree have a life expectancy of nearly 84, compared with uneducated women, who live to 73.

 

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Extensive research on centenarians reaching age 100 and beyond show it’s not healthier habits or positive attitudes that contribute to longevity, but largely genes. Now scientists are busily sifting through millions of DNA markers to spot the constellation of longevity genes carried in every cell of these centenarians’ bodies. The hope here is to concoct an anti-ageing pill by synthesising what these genes make.«

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The Future of Humanity

The Future of Humanity | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Natasha Vita-More is a committed transhumanist: She believes in the power of technology to alter human nature and, ultimately, human destiny. She talked to Lars Mensel about meta brains, artificial limbs, and digitized memory.
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"We are at the very beginning stages of designing future humans outside of the biological evolutionary script authored by DNA. "

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7 Bio-Artists Who Are Transforming the Fabric of Life Itself

7 Bio-Artists Who Are Transforming the Fabric of Life Itself | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Some of the most provocative artists today deal with biotechnology. Working with scientists and engineers, these artists transform living tissue and even their own bodies into works of art.
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Bio-art as self-art... And more.

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