Rejuvenation Biotechnology: The Fourth Age of Gerontology
Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer, SENS Research Foundation
When Dr. Aubrey de Grey, SENS Research Foundation’s Chief Science Officer, first became involved in gerontology he found that there was no consensus over the answer to the simple question “What is aging?”. Dr de Grey has since worked to advance an equally simple definition, that aging is fundamentally a consequence of physics, not biology – a straightforward result of the second law of thermodynamics, where imperfect repair of slowly accumulating damage leads to an ever-accelerating decline in bodily function. His presentation charts the history of scientific and medical efforts to control age-related disease and ill health, culminating in the emerging “fourth age” of rejuvenation biotechnology.