Man’s search for the Fountain of Youth have been recorded as far back as the 5th Century BC by the famous historian Herodotus. Later, in the 16th Century, the search became particularly prominent when it was attached to Juan Ponce de Leon.
Dr. Aubrey de Grey though feels we don’t need to search for a mythical body of water with magic powers. He’s an advocate for treating aging as a disease and feels we have the means, if we devote sufficient resources, to solve this problem within the lifetime of people alive today. He discusses his theories and what progress has been made, and what still needs to be done, in this interview.
De Grey outlines a series of repairs and rejuvenation that would need to be done that focuses mainly on the body’s cells. He is the Chief Scientist for SENS which he founded to expedite research into this area. He is the author of “Ending Aging” which was published in 2007.
His work has become much more accepted in recent years. He is backed by Peter Thiel the billionaire co-founder of PayPal. Google has also devoted resources into this area, as have numerous other companies in recent years.
Dr. de Grey is a graduate of Harrow School and has a PhD from Cambridge. He has been working to fight the “death trance” and change attitudes in this area, while advancing the science, for some twenty years. A pioneer in the field, he also donated well over $ 10, 000, 000 dollars to SENS which represented the majority of an inheritance he received from his mother’s estate. He is based in California, near SENS, which is based in Mountain View.
The website for SENS is SENS.org.