The scourge of ageing is worse than smallpox, says UK researcher

Research into how to slow down ageing is a moral imperative, according to a British expert at University College London. Speaking at a Royal Society seminar on “The new science of ageing”, Dr David Gems said that "The potential for reducing suffering is absolutely immense." He argued that the notion that illness later in life was more acceptable than illness early in "needs to be combated”.

At the moment, anti-ageing research is in its infancy, but eventually, science will continue to push back the frontier inexorably. Dramatic increases in longevity will lead to dramatic social changes, he predicts, ranging from population control to euthanasia to conflict between the youth-rich and the youth-poor.

He also contended that prolonging life with anti-ageing drugs that could delay the onset of age-related diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's, was a moral imperative comparable to the eradication of smallpox. ~ London Telegraph, May 11

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