Can modern medicine find a way to delay or even stop the aging process of the human body? Aubrey de Grey believes it is possible through better medicine that undoes years of molecular and cellular damage to the body. De Grey is a biomedical gerontologist with the SENS Research Foundation who discussed his theories of regenerative medicine and the prevention of aging at the Inman Connect conference this week.
His research and theories are controversial, but he’s convinced there is a way we can bring nature under comprehensive medical control. “You have to bring a lot of ideas together and see how they fit together in a coherent technological way. It’s a technological design that will deliver the periodic repair of the body and postponement of ill health,” said de Grey.
He attributed the gains in longevity over the last century to one primary factor — the reduction of infectious diseases. With infectious diseases largely gone in the developed world, he said we need to turn our attention to the main cause of death.