You can listen to biomedical gerontologist Aubrey de Grey talk about the science behind the Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS) in a the first segment of a podcast from the UK Science Weekly show:
What would you do if you could live forever? The question may not be as far fetched as it sounds, according to Cambridge University biologist Aubrey de Grey. He believes that people alive today will live beyond 1000 thanks to medical advances to prevent ageing.
Here is a direct link to the mp3 (a weighty 25MB or so).
If you'd like to read more about SENS - in its capacity as a plausible best foot forward for more rapid progress on the road to defeat age-related frailty, disease and suffering - then you should head on over to the SENS website. Highlights include:
- an overview of the molecular and cellular damage that causes aging, and possible research strategies to produce repair technologies
- a prospective timeline for progress and the funding required to make it happen
- presentations from the scientists attending the SENS2 conference
You also might take a look at a gentle introduction to SENS at the Longevity Meme, and should certainly pass by the Methuselah Foundation, a volunteer organization funding SENS research from the generous donations of hundreds of supporters. You might recall that Peter Thiel recently pledged $3.5 million to this cause - you should give some thought to helping out as well.