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  1. #316912012-06-30 22:38:25Sol said:

    I personally believe that this is a Huuuuuge breakthrough in mankind. I shall start reading, and I'll get back to you.

  2. #316972012-06-30 22:44:39Caarbite said:

    Well this is really interesting. My thoughtless input for the day is that they distribute this into every living person, have everyone who already have cancerous cells die out and force the human race into a quickened process of unnatural selection.

  3. #317092012-06-30 22:51:39Noodle said:

    The cancer part turned me off. Although, if this would work, and even if it didn't prolong ones life, I think it would be amazing to be able to stay active and relatively healthy until you die. The term 'growing old' would no longer bother me.

  4. #317202012-06-30 23:04:21 *Noodle said:

    I don't mind dying of age as long as I'm still me. If my muscles were still healthy when I die old, that would be amazing. This is very unlikely though. Sure, I can have my muscles in the body regenerate but my brain will eventually have to fail.

    Cells die, and if you wan't to continue living you will need them to recreate. If the braincells would regenerate that would sooner or later turn you into more or less of a clone.

    If you have a computer and periodically switch hardware, would it still be the same computer after you switched all of it?

  5. #317332012-06-30 23:11:07NGH said:

    I don't mind dying of age as long as I'm still me. If my muscles were still healthy when I die old, that would be amazing. This is very unlikely though.

    Agreed. I've worked at assisted living centers, and it's clear that the people who are there are miserable. Not only that, but those who have dementia are often taken advantage of by the other residents (even sexually, believe it or not). It's a lonely and painful way to finish your life.

  6. #317912012-07-01 12:01:27Kanna said:

    As interesting as this seems, I don't like the idea of extending one's human life due to the current population we have. If scientists went through with that, they'd have to move away to a different planet. With old people living longer and babies constantly being born, don't you think we need to slow down a bit with all this technology. Don't get me wrong, I love technology and new successful scientific stories, it's just that, if you've got older people living a lot longer than now- where are we going to put them?

  7. #318112012-07-01 19:39:25cloluna said:

    @Kanna i agree completely. there wouldn't be enough resources for everyone. When i first read this the first thing that popped into my mind was that this new way of reversing ageing would be expensive and only those who could afford it could buy it and the world would be kind of split up. those who live a more luxourious life and can live longer, and those who can't afford it and will live normally.

    i also love cool tech advances but i saw on a documentary once that its possible to make mars into another earth. the way we're going now with all the enviro problems i think getting there should be the main priority. i mean, i wouldn't want t end up like the people from wall-e. O.o

  8. #318762012-07-02 13:00:54Meoff_Jack said:

    Reversing the aging process in a mouse sounds fine n all, but a human is a lot more complicated than a simple animal. There are a LOT more variables in the way to think that we have made a breakthrough once we reverse a mouse. No, once we know we can reverse a mouse, we know we can reverse the aging process of an organic life-form.

    Now, more questions appear, like: How many organic life forms aging processes can be reversed? How does this affect the brain and information stored in the mind of an organic life form? Can a humans aging process be reversed? We still have not answered the first question.

    We have a LOOOOONG time to go before we can make a breakthrough.

  9. #318792012-07-02 13:27:16 *Caarbite said:

    In that case, if cells in the brain are recreated rather than repaired and we lose memory, there would have to be a point where the brain is inactive and rebooting. That could be the termination point of life, where the human mind cannot think or remember. At least until that point, the human has remained - physically - at its peak and hasn't suffered the disadvantages of old age.

    I actually just realised that this research reversed ageing is as close to Benjamin Button as humanity has actually gotten so far.. If the end process of the reversal is the death of a baby with little cognition of the mind, wouldn't it be better to just have life end at its peak and introduce a new life into the world?

    And yes, it would likely be lifetimes before this 'technology' is completed to an applicable state.. IF it is at all possible. But for the mean time, would it be, at best, enough to regenerate limbs, heal wounds/injuries faster and spark the recovery of disabilities with this knowledge?

  10. #319302012-07-03 02:27:31megumi-tan said:

    it is quite interesting. but i think we should keep things the way they are. people age and thats the way it should stay.

  11. #319682012-07-03 12:28:14Caarbite said:

    I do agree. But it would still be nice to advance the healing factor in humans if that's a better way to put it. As long as I don't become mentally disadvantaged with age then I can cope with the physical aspect. Something would have to keep strong [enter shlong joke here].

  12. #600952013-06-28 16:53:37Taro_Tanako said:

    Cell degradation and death are very natural. However, there is a lot of research into this and it's not entirely inconceivable that in a couple hundred years that the human lifespan of those with means will be greatly extended. Of course, that would change society quite a lot, after all the main driver for people to have kids is to propagate their own genetic material but will this instinct really be relevant if you can just live a lot more?

    As for memory pathways, the brain is constantly finding adaptive methods to reroute and I guess it's theoretically possible to "backup" memories. Makes me wish I knew more now...