Thank you for the news. :) I am excited about Cynthia joining Calico. She trained Laura Deming, who became an 18 year old able to extend the life of worms by 6 times
. Imagine if we could do that life extension by 6 times in humans. Laura wants to extend the human lifespan by a few more centuries ♥ at least. She started working in a biogerontology lab at 12, enrolled at MIT at 14, and at 17
started her venture capital fund, IP IMMORTAL
, to commercialize anti-aging research, bring therapies out of the lab and into the market sooner ► Laura Deming - 20U20 Episode 1
I think Laura Deming and lots of other young people could be invited to join Calico as part-time volunteers at least, even if just 5 hours a week. Calico could build a volunteer run branch dedicated to pure research. I know 18 year olds from 50 nations who are geniuses and know more biology and chemistry and physics than people with Masters or PhD in those fields and I am certain they could be brought together under the Calico online volunteer program to establish the fastest growing anti-aging research effort globally. I volunteer to help you bring them together. :) The young have a lot of energy and drive, just like Laura. Physics is key to organ regeneration, many papers were written about how different electrical signals lead to different organs ► http://now.tufts.edu/news-releases/researchers-discover-changes-bioelectric-sign
Google could aim to build a molecular simulation of a human being and their aging and see how a genetic mutation will affect the aging of a person, because we can't run clinical trials on humans as on worms, it would take centuries. However, having powerful computers, such as quantum computers will enable these simulations (see this Google video on quantum computers, multi-dimensional universe, time travel ► Google and NASA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab
). We are now reverse engineering the brain (the 1 billion dollar Eu project ► The Human Brain Project - Video Overview
) and will reverse engineer the human body later. Via personal genomics simulations we could determine how many times the lifespan increases by turning one or 400 genes off for an individual.
Stem cells inside the body is another key area, the aging of stem cells, etc...
In November 2013, Denny Sanford announced giving 100 million to UCSD for stem cell research ► http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-stem-cell-gift-20131104,0,6957200.story
, having donated another 600 million to healthcare related causes before (400 million gift in 2007 ► http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=2847653
). "This, in my opinion, is the medicine of the future," Denny said, adding "The potential of stem cells is just unbelievable."
The 2012 Medicine Nobel Prize was given for stem cells research ► Stem Cell Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Medicine
. Science papers on stem cells can be found here ► the-stem-cell-center.com
Below are 7 brief (<6min) videos on amazing ☻stem cell cures♥:
1. heart repair
► Heart health: Patient's own stem cells repaired damage
2. grow trachea
► First Successful Transplant of Trachea Made of Stem Cells
3. paralyzed walks
► Stem Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury - Injured Airline Pilot Flies Again
4. blindness cured
► Adult Stem Cells Cure Blindness
5. grow skin
► The Skin Gun
6. grow teeth
► regrowing teeth.mpg
7. grow fingers
► Man regrows severed finger using pig cells
In September, researchers have announced discovering how to turn skin cells into pluripotent stem cells with 100% efficiency (it was 10% max before then) by removing a protein, thus eliminating the need to use embryonic stem cells ► http://www.nature.com/news/stem-cells-made-with-near-perfect-efficiency-1.13775
In the future, using nanobots to deliver chemical signals, organs could be regenerated/repaired while inside the body, without the need to print organs from one's own stem cells and then transplant them.
Aging is a disease due to the fact we don't do any maintenance on our cells. Our trillions of cells are complex machines that wear out and give out just like a car does, and then we develop all kinds of diseases. Most diseases are just cells being filled with molecular malfunctions due to wear and tear. If we can figure out how to keep cells young and healthy, we can live with the energy of a 20 year old for thousands of years. Google Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, has been talking in public about Immortality-Singularity for 15 years. More Immortality links can be found at https://plus.google.com/110265788529286523789/posts/dQ6ZTrBqHp5
A Ray Kurzweil video about our lives of thousands of years is here: Ray Kurzweil — Immortality by 2045