Science's Advance Toward Long Life By Progress Against Diseases and Aging
How long can we live? Living forever breaks no physical laws, so it is perfectly possible. The
question isn't
whether we can do it, but when. Oeppen and Vaupel stated in the May 10, 2002
Science that life expectancy has shown a straight-line increase for 160 years, and there is no
evidence that it will stop. Scientific progress has raised the life expectancy of
adults past 100 years, and it is moving ever-faster. You get a feeling of its speed in the following
excerpt from the Guardian (UK).
"Every minute that you spend reading this article, the average life expectancy in Britain will rise by 12
seconds. By the time you finish reading, your life expectancy will have gone up by six minutes. This
time tomorrow, it will have increased by almost five hours. The reason is clear: Rapid advances in
medicine and biology have been one of the biggest achievements of the past century and we are all
living longer. Where anyone reaching the age of 60 was considered to be near death's door at the turn
of the 20th century, it was barely old enough for retirement at the turn of the 21st century."
"And scientists are still not holding back. Shripad Tuljapurkar, a population studies expert at Stanford
University, told a recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that, as
new anti-ageing treatments become available, our species will get even older. Soon, the average age of
death will jump by a year every year - five times the current rate."
The barriers that prevent you from living forever are diseases, accidents, and aging, but science
is advancing against all three. If medical research progress continues at its present rate, trends in
discoveries project ahead that we will conquer 95% of today's ten leading causes of death by
2030, half of all diseases by 2050, and most diseases by 2080. This will raise life expectancy to
130-150 years. But there also is progress against aging. With that, the sky is the limit! Watch our
progress by clicking on the Progress Against Diseases and Progress Toward Control of Aging
pages below.
Updated 23 October 2014