craig venter

craig venter

The Story of Aubrey de Grey and How the Study of Aging Went Mainstream

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Gerontology, or the study of aging, was a “backwater” science when Aubrey de Grey began his career. Today there are well financed companies with the word longevity in the name (see Craig Venter’s latest venture). Today we bring you the story of Aubrey de Grey—scientist, author, provocateur--and how he became one of the world’s leading gerontologists. Currently CSO of the SENS Research Foundation, Aubrey tells how he went from working in artificial intelligence to leading a movement to research the aging process. Thrilled that the research community has “come to him,” Aubrey finishes the interview by explaining some of the challenges he faces today. Chapters: 0:35 First Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference 4:50 Shackled by “short-termism” 6:00 Aging was not a topic for biologists 11:32 A serious nuisance 17:13 Smoking out the opposition 22:05 Is the body really a machine? 24:52 The community takes a longer view 30:15 What is your challenge today?