Beam me up Dr McCoy

Cover of Turm back your age clockPerhaps its my age, but I’ve been noticing an growing number of reports in the media about the in-roads science is making into the problems of aging. They’ve very recently discovered that a reversible protein deficiency causes age-related memory loss, that healthy living can reverse the aging process at a cellular level and body parts can now not only be grown in the laboratory, but they can be reproduced on a chip using a 3D printer, to test medicines.

It all brings forth the vision, long dreamed of by sci-fi writers, of much longer and healthier lives. Have a heart problem? Just plug in a new one. Losing your memory? Just let me give you a little injection of protein (note from me – could you get right onto that research please?)

So, all those books on reversing your age and increasing your longevity may not be just wishful thinking after all. The doctor demanding that you look at your diet and exercise regimes could be starting you in the road to rejuvenation and practicing yoga and meditation are starting to look age defying.

Will this all start us on the road to healthy living I ask myself, or will we carry on eating junk food and slouching in front of computers in the hope that injections and transplants will overcome our bad habits?

What do you think?

One thought on “Beam me up Dr McCoy

  1. refbef 24 September 2013 / 9:42 am

    Perhaps we should all read Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt so we can think about whether longer life (or even immortality) would be a good thing

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