The Max Planck Institute says medical innovations, a better diet and less risk of sudden death in war or accidents means that every second child born in the industrialised world now has an even chance of living to more than 100.
"But 125, 130 years is not unreasonable to expect soon," said James Vaupel, the institute's expert on ageing. "Really, the potential to live even beyond this time is there."
With more talk of healthy life extension in the media, public support for funding research into longevity therapies will increase. What separates us from much longer healthy lives is a gulf of acceptance, will and funding ... the technology is almost secondary given that the path ahead is so clear.