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Anti-Aging Pill's Effects
« on: March 24, 2017, 04:29:07 PM »
I know it sounds like a bit out of a science fiction film now but with recent experiments on mice that have shown to reverse the aging process, they are saying human testing could begin in about 6 months and, if all goes well, there could be a pill within 3-5 years that will allow humans to live who knows how long. If that came to be, there would be many far reaching impacts to everything from environmental to political to religious...none of which I have heard discussed at all yet.

This being the MMM forum, I was wondering what kind of ramifications would that have on finances in particular? Obviously, social security would be in for dramatic changes as the funds would dry up with too many folks receiving benefits. The idea of retirement would probably go away entirely except for those who can save enough to live off their investments indefinitely and would the rest even need to retire if they didn't feel "old"?  What other impacts can you imagine?

http://www.trunews.com/article/anti-aging-pill-to-begin-human-trials-in-6-months

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170323141340.htm


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Re: Anti-Aging Pill's Effects
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2017, 04:41:03 PM »
What kind of ramifications for our finances?

Well, if I had just a buck for every "anti-aging" nostrum I have seen touted on the Internet (without even mentioning late-night cable TV,) I would have enough dough with compounded interest over fifty years to pay for the installation and maintenace of a custom lap pool in my yard.

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Re: Anti-Aging Pill's Effects
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2017, 04:52:53 PM »
The idea of retirement would probably go away entirely except for those who can save enough to live off their investments indefinitely and would the rest even need to retire if they didn't feel "old"?

Anyone who could save up 25-30x annual expenses could still retire. The age at which that happened would vary by person. I'm sure some people would never get there no matter how many years they had to save.

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Re: Anti-Aging Pill's Effects
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2017, 05:31:43 PM »
Reading carefully it looks to me like it might make old age better, but not necessarily make you live much longer.  It targets a flaw that lets old cells hang around that normally would get culled.  Those cells apparently contribute to a lot of old age related diseases and old age symptoms, but I didn't see any actual claims as to it extending death indefinitely or reversing the accumulated wear and tear to joints and such that also contribute to steady declines in old age.

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Re: Anti-Aging Pill's Effects
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2017, 05:43:27 PM »
I'm sure there are some good sci-fi novels that have offered some relevant insights, though none are popping to mind.  Also, color me skeptical of this "anti-aging pill."

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Re: Anti-Aging Pill's Effects
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2017, 07:12:22 PM »
Trouble with Lichen, by John Wyndham.

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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2017, 07:30:24 PM »
I'm sure there are some good sci-fi novels that have offered some relevant insights, though none are popping to mind.

uhmmm... like Dune, maybe.   That seemed to be fairly popular in the genre for a while.

Frank H. is no longer with us ... just couldn't hold out quite long enough, I guess.

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Re: Anti-Aging Pill's Effects
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2017, 08:51:42 PM »
I know it sounds like a bit out of a science fiction film now but with recent experiments on mice that have shown to reverse the aging process, they are saying human testing could begin in about 6 months and, if all goes well, there could be a pill within 3-5 years that will allow humans to live who knows how long. If that came to be, there would be many far reaching impacts to everything from environmental to political to religious...none of which I have heard discussed at all yet.

This being the MMM forum, I was wondering what kind of ramifications would that have on finances in particular? Obviously, social security would be in for dramatic changes as the funds would dry up with too many folks receiving benefits. The idea of retirement would probably go away entirely except for those who can save enough to live off their investments indefinitely and would the rest even need to retire if they didn't feel "old"?  What other impacts can you imagine?

http://www.trunews.com/article/anti-aging-pill-to-begin-human-trials-in-6-months

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170323141340.htm

IIRC, there are something like 7 different measureable ways we age. Having DNA repair crap out (which is what this might fix) is only one of them. Telomere length is another one. I don't recall the others.

Realistic life extension is likely to require all 7 to be addressed.