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Aubrey makes the case for SENS on 60 Minutes
Jan 2, 2006  

Here’s the first bit of the transcript of the 60 Minutes episode that, on January 1, 2006, profiled IEET Fellow Aubrey de Grey and his ideas about anti-aging therapies. Watch the show here

Jan 1, 2006

Scientist Ponders Eternal Youth

(CBS) How’s this for an offer you can’t refuse: how would you like to live say, 400 or 500 years, or even more and all of them in perfect health? It’s both a Utopian and a nightmare scenario but there are those who say it is well within the realm of possibility.

Though we live longer and healthier lives than our grandparents, 100 is more or less the outer limit because, catastrophic disease aside, we just plain wear out. But 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer talked to one scientist who says that’s old-fashioned thinking, that sometime in the next 20 to 30 years or so we’ll be able to recondition ourselves for the first steps towards immortality.

We begin our journey to the outer limits with a gentle trip down the River Cam, floating by that center of British learning, Cambridge University. Our guide and helmsman: Dr. Aubrey de Grey. He ponders while he punts.

“When I was a student, I bought my own punt, a secondhand one for a few hundred pounds. And I used it in the summer to do what’s called chauffeur punting,” says de Grey. “People come along, tourists, and you tell them lies for money.”

Today he’s pondering his favorite premise: eternal youth….

Read the rest of the transcript here .

Also, some commentary from the MPrize.

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