Aging and Nanotechnology at SAGE Crossroads, September 27th

Mike Treder of the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN) has posted a report after recording a webcast for SAGE Crossroads on aging science and nanotechnology.

Joining me as a guest on the program (which will be shown as a webcast on September 27) was Dr. Robert Best, director of the genetics division at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Bob spoke about progress being made in the field and on the opportunities for nanotechnology to hasten the detection and curing of diseases. We disagreed about the likelihood that molecular manufacturing will be developed in the near future (he was skeptical), and about the need to address this as an issue in current policy discussions.

Morton Kondracke, who moderates the program, also asked us to talk about the potential for using nanotechnology to substantially extend the human healthspan and even to change us as humans. We had a discussion about the philosophical objections to this that sometimes are raised by bioconservatives.

Condensing complex topics into a sound bite format -- even a 60-minute program -- is a difficult challenge. It's probably impossible to adequately cover all that needs to be said, but I think I represented CRN's positions effectively. You can see for yourself beginning September 27, and then let me know what you think.

The other founder of CRN, Chris Phoenix, has contributed an article on nanotechnology and extending the healthy human life span to the Longevity Meme - it's well worth reading.

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