When you hear of anti- aging, the first thing that comes to mind is living forever. Well, that’s not it. The new sector in medicine, rejuvenation biotechnologies, explains anti- aging as creating a longer, better quality of life. The norm is the older humans get, the higher their chances of dying. Animals like tortoise and hydras do not follow this pattern. In their case, the age of an individual does not contribute to its chances of dying. This is what SENS is trying to achieve through its research; a way to help humans live longer without battling diseases that shorten their life span and lower their quality of life.
Jason Hope an internet entrepreneur, has made himself a name by being a futurist and a philanthropist. He is mostly known for his involvement with SENS, a research institution that hopes to find a way for people to live longer and healthier. He has donated half a million to the institution, money that was used to build and equip its laboratory in Cambridge.
According to Jason’s explanation, human beings are like vehicles, the more you drive them, the more they wear down and finally break down. As people grow old, the very metabolic activities that are vital for their functionality wears their bodies down and makes them vulnerable to diseases. This is the reason why the older humans get, the more illnesses they seem to have. Even doctors have a whole group of illnesses they refer to as old- age- diseases. Up until recently, there was no way to prevent diseases. So doctors only dealt with them as they manifested.
SENS, Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence, consists of a team of doctors who have dedicated themselves to find a way to prevent these age- related diseases from ever occurring. They realised that there are AGE- breakers that are deposited in the skin over the years. These AGE- breakers cause the blood vessels and skin to lose their elasticity and weaken the body. Having realised one of the major causes of the aging symptoms, the researchers at SENS are channeling their efforts to remove these AGE- breakers from the skin.
Because of their vision and the steps they have already taken to realise it, Jason predicts the end of aging. Diseases like Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and heart disease will no longer be an issue since they will be kept from ever happening in the first place. This has inspired him to give not just his money, but time and energy towards the course.
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