"Scientists may have hit upon a new way of extending the lifespan of living organisms - by activating a gene that destroys unhealthy cells. Researchers at the University of Bern found they were able to help flies live up to 60% longer by increasing the activity of a gene that targets damaged cells. If this could be transferred to humans, it could extend the average lifespan of people in developed countries like the US and the UK to beyond 120 years old."
on Friday, January 16, 2015
via The Daily Mail
on Sunday, January 11, 2015
via The Guardian
"Fixing the ‘problem’ of ageing is the mission of Silicon Valley, where billions is pouring into biotech firms working to ‘hack the code’ of life – despite concerns about the social implications."
on Monday, January 5, 2015
via CBS News
Joao Pedro de Magalhaes and his team at the University of Liverpool sequenced the genome of the bowhead whale, the longest living mammal on earth. The team wanted to understand why they live so long and don't succumb to some of the same illnesses as humans do earlier in life.
Aubrey de Grey, the SENS Research Foundation's chief science officer and one of the leading voices on extending human life, said the "biology of aging badly needs studies like this."
"The field was revolutionised over 20 years ago when mutations were discovered that greatly postpone aging by emulating the metabolic response to famine, but that avenue has not delivered as much medical progress as hoped, and many of us are now pessimistic that it ever will," de Grey said. "Therefore, it is of high priority to look in other ways for simple genetic variations that underlie differences in longevity, and the approach taken by (co-author Michael) Keane et al. is among the most promising."
- on Monday, December 15, 2014 via Thinking Machine Blog
on Tuesday, November 18, 2014
via Hospitals & Health Networks
"Newly targeted immune therapies soon may enable clinicians to treat very large patient populations to whom they've had very little to offer before. But researchers can envision even more breathtaking advances in personalized care."
on Tuesday, November 18, 2014
via Healthspan Campaign
SENS Research Foundation is a partner of the Alliance for Aging Research's Healthspan Campaign. In this interview, SRF CEO Mike Kope discusses the Foundation's work and its implications for healthy human lifespans.
on Monday, November 10, 2014
via NBC News
"Aubrey de Grey, SENS Foundation co-founder, provides insight into regenerative medicine and longevity benefits." Short interview on CNBC.
on Sunday, October 19, 2014
"ISFF seems to embrace aging as a sub-theme of the festival itself. This year’s kickoff event featured a discussion of the science of art and time by a number of panelists, including Dr. Aubrey de Grey — the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, which is working to find a solution to aging. De Grey, who has called the mainstream attitude towards getting old a “pro-aging trance,” was joined by Rachel Sussman, a visual artist whose most recent project is a vast photo essay of the world’s oldest living organisms."
on Tuesday, October 7, 2014
"Gerontology, or the study of aging, was a “backwater” science when Aubrey de Grey began his career. Today there are well financed companies with the word "longevity" in the name (i.e., Craig Venter’s latest project).
Today we bring you the story of Aubrey de Grey—scientist, author, provocateur—and how he became one of the world’s leading gerontologists. Currently CSO of the SENS Research Foundation, Aubrey tells how he went from working in artificial intelligence to the leader of a new movement in biology. Thrilled that the research community has “come to him,” Aubrey finishes the interview by explaining some of the challenges he faces today."
on Monday, October 6, 2014
"Aubrey de Grey wants to save lives. He wants to save as many as he possibly can, as soon as he can, and to do it he is going to fix ageing.
The prominent scientist and futurologist is on a crusade to beat ageing and when he does it will mean that we stay healthy and live longer – possibly for up to hundreds of years.
But, as de Grey emphasises, his primary goal is not just making people live longer; he wants us to live healthily, he wants to restore us to a state of health that is “fully functional in every way”. The ability to live for hundreds of years is just a side effect."