I have just returned home from the Undoing Aging conference in Berlin, where we spent three days listening to talks by the top researchers in aging, meeting some of the finest minds in research, and talking with thought leaders in the field. There was a great deal of new and exciting research being presented, some…

In the course of the last century, science fiction has been a harbinger of things to come. From the automatic sliding doors of Star Trek to visual communication, cyberspace, and even the moon landing, many of our present technological achievements were dreamed up in the futuristic visions of science fiction authors of the 1960s and…

Research shows that aging is far from a one-way process and that it is, in fact, plastic and subject to intervention. The aging processes are the foundation of age-related diseases, which include cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and heart disease. Researchers are increasingly realizing that in order to treat these diseases effectively, they must target the aging…

Today, February 21, was the birthday of Jeanne Louise Calment – the oldest confirmed living human being, who lived for an amazing 122 years and 164 days! Just imagine all the history she had seen, how much the world changed during her lifetime, and all the knowledge and wisdom she had gained. What if advances…

Back in November 2017, the FDA announced a comprehensive policy framework for the development and oversight of regenerative medicine products, including novel cellular therapies. Both draft guidance documents had 90-day comment periods, and we at LEAF joined forces with the Niskanen Center to submit comments to the FDA to ensure that the voice of the…

On 11th of February, the popular Futurist David Wood hosted a livestream about aging research on the London Futurists Youtube channel. The LEAF outreach director Elena Milova was one of the guests on the show, which was an informative summary of progress in the field of rejuvenation biotechnology. There were a range of guests included…

Aging and cancer are closely linked, with the latter being, more often than not, a consequence of the former. Cancer is caused by the aging hallmark of genomic instability, and the two are intertwined. While it is true that young people can get cancer, it is a disease that generally affects older people; indeed, beyond…

There is one common public reaction to my talks that bothers me quite a bit. I am worried that after each of my lectures, people will just start taking lots of anti-aging pills without regard for dosage or effectiveness, potentially hurting themselves in the process. This is because one of the most common reactions to…

The last year has seen us firmly establish ourselves in the community as a source for news, educational materials and advocacy, and we’ve successfully funded more life extension projects at lifespan.io. A number of people in the community have recently been asking us about our plans for the new year. With 2018 well underway, it’s…

Not long ago, we wrote about some complications involving the WHO 13th programme of work. In the initial version of this document, developed by the WHO working group in November 2017, the problems of the elderly were nearly completely overlooked. The joint effort of our community helped to bring this critical flaw to public attention….

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