Life extension people are happy: keep living, please!

I found this picture of Aubrey de Grey with his book Ending Aging on his head at the BIL conference in Quinn Norton‘s Flickr Stream. Quinn Norton is a bodyhacker technophiliac journalist photographer. Robust, healthy lifespan extension can easily be interpreted as an extreme body-, life- and biohack so no wonder that more and more… Continue reading Life extension people are happy: keep living, please!

PITTCON, 2008: bioDIY questions, RFVials, and Science’s new web hirings

As a local New Orleans face (my colleagues just call me Mitoman in the lab) I had the chance to just simply walk into the grandiose PITTCON exhibiton at the Ernest N Morial Convention Center‎ and I liked it. In addition to getting answers to some strictly lab related questions concerning filters and fuges (nevermind),… Continue reading PITTCON, 2008: bioDIY questions, RFVials, and Science’s new web hirings

Biotechies at O’Reilly ETech, March 3 – 6, San Diego

The O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (ETech) is on and this year they had a growing number of biotech related sessions. Fellow SciFoo Campers like Hugh Rienhoff and Timo Hannay, Makers like Phil Torrone and Limor Fried, Brain Hackers like Ed Boyden are visiting and many more.

Partial immortalisation goes mainstream with an ‘s’ – thanks to the Economist!

The Economist print edition (Jan 3rd) has a summary article on the current healthy and scientific life extension scene starting with Aubrey De Grey’s engineering, umbrella SENS approach and talking about anti-oxidants, mitochondria, sirtuin activators and stem cell based regenerative medicine amongst others. To my positive surprise the unknown writer of the article (do you… Continue reading Partial immortalisation goes mainstream with an ‘s’ – thanks to the Economist!

The received view in 3.5 paragraphs on Ending Aging in Nature (part 1)

In the 15 November Nature issue Judy Illes neurology professor turned neuroethics expert reviews Enhancing Evolution: The Ethical Case for Making Better People by John Harris and Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime by Aubrey de Grey & Michael Rae. From the review: “Ending Aging is a more… Continue reading The received view in 3.5 paragraphs on Ending Aging in Nature (part 1)

Unlimited Life Extension Petition to U.S. Congress and President: a good address?

The Coalition to Extend Life launched today an online petition to U.S. Congress and President in order to make the technological possibility of Indefinite Life Extension a national priority and public policy goal of the United States. They ask the power people to create the 4 main conditions that will make it possible. 1. a… Continue reading Unlimited Life Extension Petition to U.S. Congress and President: a good address?

Accidental influentials meet life extension: a breakthrough idea for 2007

Most of us believe that the massive spreading of an idea through the channels of society, say, ‘big-scale life extension technology is possible and worth realizing’, depends on highly influential people’s production and characteristics. So hardcore life extension supporters tend to think if Aubrey de Grey or Ray Kurzweil will hold another 120-120 presentations in… Continue reading Accidental influentials meet life extension: a breakthrough idea for 2007

Mark Hamalainen, the MitoSENS fellow: blogterview on life extension

Mark Hamalainen is a young PhD student at Cambridge University at the mitochondrion lab of Ian Holt. Mark received a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in biochemistry and computing from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He also had research training as a visiting scholar at the California Institute of Technology and the Biodesign Institute at… Continue reading Mark Hamalainen, the MitoSENS fellow: blogterview on life extension

Questions to contra life extensionists: rational pitfalls

Critical thinking is crucial to every successful scientific and technological project. In order to consider any attempt to the extension of life in details,we have to take a look at the other side of the coin. So in the future I try to blogterview some experts, scholars, philosophers, activists, …who are opposing some concrete points… Continue reading Questions to contra life extensionists: rational pitfalls

Nature News on JoVE: is JoVE really the YouTube for life scientists?

Nature News has an article of the new Journal of Visual Experiments website, whereof Pimm had a story one week ago with the help of Moshe Pritsker, founder of the site. The title of the Nature News post: YouTube for test tubes, which sounds good really, but is problematic a little bit. In a way… Continue reading Nature News on JoVE: is JoVE really the YouTube for life scientists?

Maximum Life’s James Clement: what can a lawyer do for life extension?

James Clement is an attorney and serial entrepreneur. He is the Chief Operating Officer of Maximum Life Foundation which supports aging and life extension research with a mature and secure VC fund strategy (next blogterviewee, David Kekich, C.E.O. of MaxLife). 1. What is the story of your life extension commitment? I have been interested in… Continue reading Maximum Life’s James Clement: what can a lawyer do for life extension?

Life extension interviews: Nick Bostrom and the philosopher’s point of view

Nick Bostrom is an analytic philosopher by profession in Oxford, but he has a strong background in science too. He is also the co-founder and current chair of the World Transhumanist Association. 1. What is the story of your life extension commitment? I did not think much about the topic until I learned about various… Continue reading Life extension interviews: Nick Bostrom and the philosopher’s point of view

Biological Video Protocols on JoVE: Online Journal of Visualized Experiments

At last there is an almost perfect solution for life scientists to share video protocols and insider tricks to learn techniques and repeat experiments properly. Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a newly founded and FREE online research journal that publishes video-articles on biological experiments (video-protocols). It is an independent project by 2 people, Moshe… Continue reading Biological Video Protocols on JoVE: Online Journal of Visualized Experiments

What can/will You do for life extension? Answer these questions first.

Dear Reader, if You are stem cell researcher, life scientist, medical doctor, scholar, activist, bloggers, IT professional, venture capitalist, philosopher, economist, politician, decision maker, businessman, biotech- or big pharma manager, plastic surgeon, hairdresser… who support life extension, please answer the questions below and send me to [attilacsordas][at][gmail.com] to get blogterviewed.

John Cumbers’ DIY approach to life extension: personal genomics and synthetic biology

John Cumbers made the Drosophila CHiP protocol video. He is a graduate student at the Tatar lab in Brown University, USA. Below are his answers to the blogterview questions and through answer 5 you can take a fresh look at the bottom-up approach of synthetic biology.

2 more bloggers’ answers: Anne Corwin and Phil Bowermaster

The spectrum of the life extension blogterviewees is broad: scholars, activists, IT people, VC folks, … and is broadening further. Here are 2 more activists/bloggers who put their answers to their blog: Anne Corwin and the aphoristically dense Phil Bowermaster. Thanks for answering. I ‘d like to emphasize that I modified questions 4-5, and introduced… Continue reading 2 more bloggers’ answers: Anne Corwin and Phil Bowermaster

Blogterview with Aubrey de Grey: life extension stories

Aubrey de Grey is the man, who first made serious, scientifically conceptualized life extension speech acceptable within scholarly circles through good timing, well-done strategy and with a little bit of luck. The rest is … (I’ve slightly modified the original question 4 and separated questions concerning the probable technologies of moderate and maximum life extension.)… Continue reading Blogterview with Aubrey de Grey: life extension stories

Ouroboros’ Chris Patil: answers to life extension questions I.

Ouroboros is a weblog mainly for people in the life sciences focusing on the different aspects of aging research through scanning articles published in peer-review journals. The blogger behind is Chris Patil, a postdoctoral fellow, currently working with Judith Campisi in the Life Sciences division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, California. If Fight Aging!… Continue reading Ouroboros’ Chris Patil: answers to life extension questions I.

Blogterview with Fight Aging!’s Reason: answers to life extension questions

Our first answerer to the 6 questions is Reason, who is the main driving force of the biggest and most established life extension site, Fight Aging! (Technorati Rank) and The Longevity Meme, continuously from 2001. 1. What is the story of your life extension commitment? I don’t like the idea of decaying, suffering and dying.… Continue reading Blogterview with Fight Aging!’s Reason: answers to life extension questions

5 simple questions to life extension supporters, 1 plus for bloggers

My plan is to make short interviews using the same 6 questions with today’s life extension supporters/bloggers around the blogosphere. The first answerer will be Reason, the engine behind Fight Aging! and Longevity Meme. Here are the questions: 1. What is the story of your life extension commitment? 2. Is it a commitment for moderate… Continue reading 5 simple questions to life extension supporters, 1 plus for bloggers

Meditating on the extension of life by Sunday Times: good old confusions

Another day, another mainstream media attention to life extension in general and on a large scale: Minette Marrin philosophizes on aging aging anti-aging. Logical extension of the previous BBC News piece mainly in its blurry points. It is risky to confuse the attempt to technologically eliminate ageing related problems with the desire to eliminate death… Continue reading Meditating on the extension of life by Sunday Times: good old confusions

BBC News on life extension ambitions: quantity or quality?

BBC News UK has an article today with the screamer Live forever by Brendan O’Neill. It is as mainstream as superficial. Correction: The supporters of life extension are not just transhumanists and the members of present day health and beauty establishment. The piece consequently confuses maximum life extension with “living maybe a couple of years… Continue reading BBC News on life extension ambitions: quantity or quality?

Joining the healthy life extension community

Influential daily news article about the pimmblog on The Longevity Meme by Reason. Now LM is one of the main web channel of the worldwide but small life extension community, so it is an honor indeed. Remember: we live in a niche, niche world. Today healthy and maximum life extension is in the minds of… Continue reading Joining the healthy life extension community