Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime, written by Aubrey de Grey and Michael Rae of the SENS Research Foundation, has been translated into a number of languages since its first release nearly a decade ago, but Portuguese is not yet one of them. A couple of Brazilian members of our community are hoping to change that, and are currently crowdfunding the necessary resources to achieve this goal. Translating scientific texts is always a degree more challenging than the usual fare, but helping to further spread the SENS view of aging is a worthy cause: this is a detailed plan for the creation of rejuvenation therapies that work by repairing the damage that causes aging. Consider helping this endeavor. Note that the crowdfunding page is in Portuguese at the top, and you will need to scroll all the way down for the English version of the project explanation:
We are Nina Torres Zanvettor and Nicolas Chernavsky, professional translators from Campinas (Brazil). Nicolas graduated as a journalist in USP (University of São Paulo) and has 13 years of experience as a translator. Nina graduated in Chemistry in Unicamp (University of Campinas), has a master degree in Inorganic Chemistry by Unicamp as well and works as a translator and a English teacher. The translation project of Ending Aging into Portuguese was created after Aubrey de Grey came to Brazil for the first time, in February of 2017. In that occasion, we met Aubrey after his talk at Campus Party, in São Paulo. We talked about the possibility of helping SENS using our professional experience in English-Portuguese translation. The scientific specialization of Nina together with the linguistic knowledge of Nicolas, mixed with a great dose of passion for the end of aging, could result in a translated version that would bring the ideas of the book to Portuguese speakers.
When we get sick and need medical assistance, or take a medicine or even go through a surgery, we realize the importance of healthcare. However, nowadays, medical science has still a lot of limitations. Diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cancer and cardiovascular diseases are still practically inescapable when we reach a certain age. That's why the modern medicine is realizing that in order to defeat these diseases, we will have to face something that is difficult to face: aging. Only by defeating aging we could defeat these diseases, because they are the final phase of aging itself, which, in physical terms, is the accumulation of damage throughout our life at the cellular and molecular level.
Thus, this new area of medicine, focused on the aging issue, can give more decades of life to everyone. One of the world's most important scientists in this area, the British biogerontologist Aubrey de Grey, proposes a pathway so that in a few decades, probably still during the lifetime of most of the people still alive, we could build therapies to repair the damage caused by aging. The pathway proposed by Aubrey de Grey is called SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence). He identified seven basic types of cellular and molecular damage which result on aging: the mutations of our chromosomes, the glycation, the formation of extracellular and intracellular aggregates, the cellular senescence, the reduction of stem cell reserves and mitochondrial mutations. For each one of these forms of damage, Aubrey de Grey proposes a repair therapy.
Supporting this project, you are helping to spread knowledge in the area and to accelerate scientific research, contributing to the end of aging. We need the help of everybody in this journey towards the end of aging, and in this context, it's important to notice that the Portuguese language is the sixth most spoken language in the world, spoke by 273 million of people. Besides, in order for these technologies to reach everybody, this knowledge needs to reach everybody as well, including the Portuguese speaking world.