How To Build A Human: FOREVER YOUNG - The dream of immortality is to live longer but not to grow old. Ageing has always been one of the few certainties of life. There is now a tremendous potential to live to be 150 – we are closer than ever to unlocking the secrets of ageing in our cells and in our genes. The first person to live to 150 may already be born.
If ageing is so powerful, can we really delay the moment when we look in the mirror and know we are growing old? As a dancer, Gillian Lynne has never been afraid of the mirror. Her approach to slowing down ageing is a combination of mental and physical discipline. Every day she does a grueling two-hour workout and now, in her mid-seventies, she can still match the energy and suppleness of much younger dancers.
This is just the beginning. When we understand the signals that trigger the stem cells to repair different parts of the body, we may be able to renew ourselves from within. Stem cells may help us to prolong life, but the 150 year-old of the future will want more than young organs in an old body.