Reversing Aging....

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Reversing Aging....

http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/03/9917514-real-benjamin-button-stem-cells-reverse-aging-in-mice

Some scientists have found a way to reverse aging in mice.

**IF** a therapy were developed that could reverse aging in humans, should it be made available to the public? Would you be interested in it?

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Sure, with FDA approval and whatnot it could be made available. I'm willing to bet that they come up with huge problems developing the product, from either a physical or emotional side effect perspective, but only time will tell. In general I think that reversing aging will prove to be relatively impossible.

Right now, I'd say I would never do it. Then again at 27 I swore I would never ever get a boob job and am now planning one, and I was 100% against botox but now might consider a bit after 40. So.......I've learned to never say never when it comes to how I feel about aging or whatnot.

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If it could extend the life of an average human being someday, i could see this contributing to our population/resource problem perhaps. Not to say that is a reason alone to say it shouldn't be made available....its just a thought that i had in considering some of the consequences. My gut says there isn't a solid reason to say it shouldn't be made available.

I agree with Melissa's post too

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THe only flaw I see with the population control/overpopulation problem is that that same argument could be applied to cancer research, obesity research, AIDS research etc etc. The objective of all of that research is to keep people alive longer, you know? Why is this different, other than that it appears to be about vanity vs. just beating disease. There are some really really brilliant minds who SHOULD be kept alive longer, in lots of ways. I don't know, like I said, I think that nature is a one way street when it actually comes to aging, I just don't see a huge difference between fighting aging and attempting to "reverse" it, other than terminology, if that makes any sense.

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I could think of applications where this could be wonderful, for example those little kids who suffer from an aging disease where they age so fast their bodies are like 80 years old when they are 8. On a normal person it would probably depend on the side effects, since there are always some.

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"Potter75" wrote:

THe only flaw I see with the population control/overpopulation problem is that that same argument could be applied to cancer research, obesity research, AIDS research etc etc. The objective of all of that research is to keep people alive longer, you know? Why is this different, other than that it appears to be about vanity vs. just beating disease. There are some really really brilliant minds who SHOULD be kept alive longer, in lots of ways. I don't know, like I said, I think that nature is a one way street when it actually comes to aging, I just don't see a huge difference between fighting aging and attempting to "reverse" it, other than terminology, if that makes any sense.

I agree with you Melissa which is why I don't think that is a reason to make it unavailable. It was more of an observation from me than a real argument.. I do think it is more of an artificial extension than curing Someone of an ailment that would kill you, but not enough to say "people shouldn't be allowed to do that." For the most part we usually respect peoples desire not to die and treat it as something worth protecting...usually. I couldn't look at anyone and blame them for wanting to live longer.

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I've considered a boob job after babies are done and fixing a wrinkle or two. But this just seems over the top but I can see it being useful, sure. I guess I don't really care either way, I don't think I'd go that far but if someone else wants to then it's their money/health.