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Should Scientists Help People Beat Old Age?

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Transcript of Should Scientists Help People Beat Old Age?

Life expectancy = 100 years in the 22nd century
Biomedical research
California Biomedical Research Association defines biomedical research "as the study of science that treats and prevents life-threatening diseases."
Body-part replacement
Repairing aging cells with nanotechnology
Conclusion
Opinion Statement
Due to the destructive social, economical, and environmental effects, scientists should not aid to achieve a longer life expectancy.

Background
Work Cited
Bahrampour, Tara. "To Live Longer, Healthier Life: Delay the Aging Process, Don't
Just Cure Disease." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2013. Web. 11 Mar. 2015.
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California Biomedical Research Association. "What Is Biomedical Research." New
Jersey Association of Biomedical Research What Is Biomedical Research Comments. NJ Association of Biomedical Research, n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2015.
<http://njabr.com/education/general-background-on-biomedical-research/what-is-biomedical-research/>
Callahan, Daniel. "On Dying After Your Time." The New York Times. The New York
Times, 30 Nov. 2013. Web. 14 Mar. 2015.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/01/opinion/sunday/on-dying-after-your-time.html>
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2011. Web. 11 Mar. 2015.
<http://www.newstatesman.com/global-issues/2011/03/land-queen-world-australia>
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<http://ourworldindata.org/data/population-growth-vital-statistics/life-expectancy/>
Worldometers - real time world statistics. 11 Mar. 2015. Worldometers.info. 11 Mar.
2015
<http://www.worldometers.info>
Environmental
Conflict
But...
Counter Argument
Most people support the idea of long lives, because they believe the human race could achieve more if everyone had a 20 year extension.

Question Time
Economic Inefficiency
Should Scientists Help People Beat Old Age?
Who, in this room, has the oldest living relative?
With a show of hands, who would also want to live to that age?
Limited Space
Limited Resources
Longer lives = More elders
More elders = Less workers
Elders = Aged bodies
Less workers + Aged bodies =Inefficiency
F-reeze
I-nform
R-emember
E- xplain
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