Let the (Anti-Aging) Trials Begin

The Trends editors have been focused on aging and its implications for technology, demography, and human behavior since at least 1987. As we’ve repeatedly documented, the aging of the world’s population is the most predictable and powerful force defining the first half of the 21st century. We’ve repeatedly asked, “What would happen if the average healthy lifespan of humans alive today could be expanded to 100, or even 120, years?” Until recently, this possibility lay in the realm of science fiction and was documented by hit-and-miss research involving in vitro experiments and animal testing. But all that has suddenly changed. What are the leading candidates among life-extending therapies? Where does the research stand? What are the implications? We’ll show you.

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