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From Dust to…: The Radical New Science of Longevity

Date & Time

Thursday, June 2, 2011
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Location

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

Getting old is an unavoidable truth of life. And yet, for most of modern history this mortal coil has baffled scientists. Over the past decade, however, researchers have made great strides in understanding the cellular, molecular, and genetic tableau of aging—which has brought the next question into sharp focus: Can aging be stopped? While a full answer remains elusive, recent advancements have opened the door for significantly extending the human lifespan. One controversial researcher even claims that the first person who will live 1,000 years has already been born. Mainstream researchers are decidedly more cautious in their predictions, but the prospect of postponing mortality, even in modest ways, raises important ethical, social, and practical questions. How would we control an increasingly out-of-control global population? Does life have meaning without death? Even if we could live forever, would we want to?

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Moderator

  • Bill Ritter

    Bill Ritter began his journalism career as a newspaper reporter, for the Los Angeles Times and others, before moving into television. His work in local and national television has taken him to every political convention since 1996. More »

Participants

  • Leonard Guarente

    Molecular Biologist Leonard Guarente is recognized for his impactful contribution in identifying sirtuins, a group of related proteins that slow aging in model organisms and mitigate aging and diseases in mammals. More »
  • Judith Campisi

    Cell Biologist A pioneer in researching the control of cellular senescence and its role in tumor suppression and aging, Judith Campisi has helped make several groundbreaking discoveries that continue to challenge and alter existing paradigms. More »
  • Michael Rose

    Evolutionary Biologist Michael Rose is professor and director of the Network for Experimental Research on Evolution at the University of California, Irvine. He is author of several technical and popular books on the evolution of aging. More »
  • Aubrey de Grey

    Biomedical Gerontologist Aubrey de Grey’s research interests encompass the characterization of the accumulating and eventually pathogenic molecular and cellular side-effects of metabolism that constitute mammalian aging. More »