Glenn Harlan Reynolds opines on serious anti-aging research, the work of Aubrey de Grey, government funding, and anti-research sentiments at Tech Central Station today. "I've watched people I love age and die, and it wasn't 'beautiful and natural.' It sucked. Aging is a disease. Cataracts and liver spots don't bring moral enlightenment or spiritual transcendence. Death may be natural -- but so are smallpox, rape, and athlete's foot. 'Natural' isn't the same as 'good.' As far as I'm concerned, I'd rather see my tax dollars spent on longevity research than, well, most of the other things they're spent on. I wonder how many other people feel that way."