[ExI] [GRG] Olshansky vs. Vaupel Debate

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Wed Sep 25 12:11:57 UTC 2013

On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 5:30 AM, L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D. wrote:
>     Olshansky says the only way to make major improvements in life
> expectancy is to find new ways to prevent and treat the diseases of aging.
> And the most efficient way to do that is to delay the process of aging
> itself. That's something that some people already do - somehow. Olshansky
> says, "The study of the genetics of long-lived people, I think, is going to
> be the breakthrough technology." Scientists can now easily extend lifespan
> in flies, worms, and mice, and there's a lot of exciting research on genetic
> pathways in humans that might slow down the aging process and presumably
> protect us from the age-related diseases that kill most people today. "The
> secret to longer lives is contained in our own genomes," Olshansky says.

If you make the huge medical advance of curing cancer completely, you
only add about 2.5 years to the population average life expectancy.
This is because cancer is mostly a disease of old age, and old people
are going to die of something else within a few years anyway. To
extend life expectancy significantly you have to cure EVERY disease.
Especially those that affect all age groups. Now that is a really big


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