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The Ethics of the Future: Genetic Engineering and Immortality Medicine

2015 is Going to Be a Fascinating Year for Longevity Science

By Professor Mark

How do you feel about the potential for great advances in Human Longevity Science that have been occurring in recent years? Do you feel excited about the prospect of living a much longer life, or are you indifferent? Are you nervous about the prospects of what this sort of tinkering with genetics and human nature might bring?

Is the potential for a vastly expanded lifespan going to be something that everyone can enjoy, or will it be an advantage simply for those that can afford it? If you could live 100 years longer, would you want to? Would you care if the opportunity were afforded to you as an individual? Would such a huge opportunity lead to a new and beautiful life on earth, or would earth somehow take these momentous advantages and turn the world on its head?

My Beliefs Regarding Advanced Genetic Engineering

Many years ago, when I was an undergraduate at Penn State, our professor posited similar questions in our Genetics Class, which played a major role in affecting my beliefs toward the subject of hyper-longevity and Genetic Engineering. The class was large, with more than 100 students, and my professor asked the class what their opinions were regarding the use of genetic manipulation and engineering to alter human life.

Surprisingly, the class was completely silent. In response to this silence, the professor called up two students to debate the subject. One of my classmates volunteered to voice his opposition to genetic engineering, and I chose to volunteer, providing an argument in favor of it.

My opponent voiced his opinion to the class that genetic engineering for this purpose would be ethically wrong because it is not in man’s best interest to play God. Most of our classmates seemed to agree, nodding subtly in agreement.

Personal Aesthetic: Choosing to Be Different

I felt as though I was standing upon a grand crossroads of history. As I looked around the class, it felt as though all of my classmates, for all of their cliquish differences, were being incredibly closed-minded, like they just accepted what they had been told all their lives and were afraid to think for themselves.

After the professor gauged the response of the students, I had my opportunity to argue in favor of this advanced human genetic engineering. I glanced around the class, and felt my argument come together cleanly in my mind. I saw white girls with bleached hair stretching down their backs, more than a few of which had fake breasts. I saw black girls with expensive weaves and complex and expensive hairstyles.

There were white students mimicking their hip hop and rap idols, and I even saw a young Asian student that had very obviously dyed her hair red. In my class I saw a great commingling of different styles. People both attempting to exemplify American standards of beauty and those taking on the aspects of other cultures, adopting them as their own.

As I looked around at all of this, recognizing the great diversity in my class, I had a strong feeling that there was not one person in the class that didn’t have at least one thing they wanted to alter about the characteristics they were born with. I continued thinking to myself, that these students probably wanted to be different in a variety of different ways: some wanted to be smarter, some taller. Some girls wish they had larger breasts, and some guys wanted larger penises. Others probably wish that they didn’t have to go through the trouble to put in contacts and hair dyes to look like the person they wish they were. For myself, I would have given anything just to be a few inches taller.

A Call for Genetic Freedom

After standing quietly for a moment, with all of these thoughts running through my at head a rapid place, I spoke from my position, in the back of the class, and suddenly stated loudly: Genetic Freedom!

I felt that just those two words spoke for themselves, but my professor threw a dejected glance in my direction, and I could detect her shaking her head almost imperceptibly. Her silence was a sign that she needed more. After the brief silence, I continued. I argued to the class that the individual should have full control to alter his DNA as he sees fit, so long as it doesn’t negatively impact society or the rights of anyone else.

She seemed thoroughly unhappy with the argument, and the class began to chatter loudly, nearly in unison. After the short spate of controlled chaos, the class continued with liveliness and energy, but I felt that others in the class largely shunned me as a result of the fervent beliefs I expressed in regard to what legitimately amounted to the potential future of the human race.

Will People Be Able to Resist Genetic Alteration?

I still laugh to myself to this day about how my belief met such incredulity in the face of so many. In the future, once science makes it possible to make such powerful changes to humanity at the genetic level, I am confident that these same students, if given the actual opportunity to improve themselves through futuristic genetic methods, would absolutely jump at the chance with no second thought.

It wouldn’t be Playing God. It wouldn’t be unethical. It would simply be the new reality. In fact, once the time comes to pass when Genetic Alteration becomes a reality, the exact same people today that seek out plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery will clamor for these procedures as soon as they become available. In the end, I believe I made a B in the course, which is regretful, because I’ve always remained highly interested in genetics.

The Future of Humanity: The Organic and the Engineered

Another of my professors at Penn State, himself with a doctorate in genetics, explained an interesting aspect of human evolution, one which I had never thought of before. He explained that the many races that make up humanity as a whole developed their differences as a result of dispersing far from one another, and slowly adapting to their new environments over time.

After they migrated, geography, distance, and other factors kept them from interacting heavily with one another, which caused their minor adaptations to become more pronounced. In the same way that they developed their own habits and cultures, their aesthetic and physical makeup also changed. Some grew taller, others grew paler, and each individual culture became maximally resistant to the diseases which were prominent in their area.

Even though these physical and genetic changes were significant, any healthy woman on earth could still mate with any other healthy man, no matter how different he looked or acted. What he said that truly sparked my mind was that if the different races of human beings stayed geographically isolated from one another for longer period of time, eventually the different races could have changed enough to where they could no longer produce children with one another.

Could Genetically Engineered Humans Evolve Beyond Humanity?

This can also apply to the future of genetic engineering. The modern world is so interconnected that geography has no impact on the ability of humans to breed with one another, but genetic enhancement may lead to a point at which a human born today would not be able to mate with an individual that was the result of generations of genetically altered parents.

As Genetic Engineering becomes more advanced, humans may change enough at the genetic level to prevent interbreeding between lineages which have undergone these advancements and those that chose not to. This change would of course be gradual, first reducing the ability to conceive before denying that ability altogether. At this point, it would take genetic engineering just to create a viable child for two disparate humans. Interestingly enough, it may even come to pass that different species of humans evolve from such endeavors, as distinct from one another as they are from humans themselves.

The beginning of this story could begin sometime in the next hundred years, as scientists and medical specialists develop the ability to safely and effectively alter DNA to meet the specifications of the individual.

The Future is Coming: the Great Human Divergence and the Neo-Sapient

The people that choose to reject Genetic Modification and Advanced Longevity Treatments in the near future will create an interesting binary world. This could be the beginning of a grand human experiment. This could be the focal point of a genetic divergence so strong that it literally fragments the human race, creating a new class of post-humans that have advanced to a point where they qualify as their own unique species.

I think back to the genetics course I mentioned earlier. I remember the absolute ocean of diversity that was contained within the 100-student course, and I was able to visualize a future in which Genetic Modification leads to even greater diversity, and a uniqueness that has never existed in the history of the human race. It made me think of the diversity of the universe, and the unlimited options for diversity that it represents. As someone with an affinity for astronomy, I find it utterly inconceivable that planet earth is home to the only lifeforms in the universe.

Of course, along with my great optimism, I do recognize that there are risks and unknowns related to the future of Genetic Modification. There is even the potential that the science behind Genetic Modification could be used for Genetic Warfare. There is certainly the potential that the same science that creates a new humanity could be used to destroy large swathes of it. I can imagine an apocalypse that is not nuclear and grandiose, but genetic and nanoscopic.

Post-Humanism and the Search For Other Worlds

In the end, will humans be able to develop interplanetary travel and colonization in order to insure itself against such potential apocalyptic scenarios? It’s a subject that I am particularly concerned with, and is the core reason why I support NASA and the United States Space Program. As the world moves faster and the dangers become greater, it is imperative that we are able to save humanity even in the case of a state of mutually assured destruction.

If there truly is a Genetic Revolution on the horizon, it is vitally important that we use all of the resources we have available in order to make our dreams of space colonization a reality. Imagine a future so spectacular: A future where a multitude of post-human species advance outward from earth in order to colonize space like a rainbow across the galaxy.

This journey will be arduous and epic, as earthlings spread across the cosmos in order to find new viable homes and potentially interact with other life forms.

What Would Aliens Be Like?

Can you imagine how literally otherworldly that would be? If we found advanced aliens, would they have unlocked the key to eternity? Would we have done the same? There is no doubt that the first time that we make contact with an extraterrestrial species, they will come from worlds and cultures which are absolutely unimaginable in the face of everything that we have experienced.

I may have delved a bit into the realm of science fiction, but the future of humanity in the face of Genetic Modification has the potential to be every bit as exciting and otherworldly as the potential future that I just described. It instills a tremendous sense of fear, awe, and most importantly, unlimited potential.

Do You Think That You Could Handle Immortality?

If you ask the average person out on the street about the potential future afforded by Genetic Engineering, Advanced Longevity, and Immortality medicine, you’ll likely get a number of different responses, some positive, some negative, others simply incredulous. If you surveyed 100 people, I believe that you would find that the majority would ultimately reject the idea of immortality.

Some people think that eternity would take the excitement out of life. Others fear that they would eventually just become a broken shell of their former selves as their bodies physically decline in spite of science’s ability to prevent death. For many, the concept of eternity is just as fearsome as the concept of death itself. It’s not all that different from the way that people feel about retirement these days. They are frustrated because they have to work so hard all through the healthiest part of their lives only to be too frail and broken down by the time they retire to enjoy it.

Longevity Medicine and the Future

That’s why Longevity Medicine is so important. We want our retirement years to last as long as possible, and we want to be able to enjoy them. Maybe one day, we will be retired as long in our lives as we are at work, or longer! That’s what the approach to immortality will be like!

There are a growing number of people that are optimistic about a lengthy future. They understand that even with regard to a concept like immortality, life is the sum of individual experience. Some will take advantage of a life bordering on immortality, while others would simply choose to be boring. People that live lives full of happiness and vitality shouldn’t be deprived the opportunity to extend that joy, simply because there are others who wouldn’t appreciate it!

The arguments stemming from the subject of Human Immortality continue to become both more interesting and more complex, both for those that long for such a fate, and those that oppose the concept. No matter how you feel about the idea of Advanced Longevity, there is no doubt that such opportunities to live lives we now consider unimaginable will eventually come to pass.

As long as human beings are able to engage in scientific advancement without destroying ourselves or sending ourselves back to the stone age, such opportunities will present themselves to the human race in the near future.

Gene Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy: The First Steps to Hyperlongevity

The seeds of these future endeavors are being planted today, in the fields of gene therapy, genetic medicine, and stem cell therapy. This is also the core concept behind medical treatments which seek to optimize hormone production in the body in order to alleviate the medical conditions associated with hormone imbalance and aging.

Hormone Replacement Therapy: Streamline Your Body for the Future!

Treatments such as Testosterone Replacement Therapy, Sermorelin Acetate Therapy, and Bio-Identical Human Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy seek to correct common hormonal imbalances that occur as a result of the aging process. There is even a strong argument that these hormone imbalances are actually the root cause of many symptoms of aging, including frailty, osteoporosis, and cognitive decline.

There are many Health, Wellness, and Longevity Physicians that believe that these forms of Hormone Replacement Therapy are some of the must effective means to prolong a healthy and active life when used in combination with a healthy and conscientious lifestyle. These medical treatments are the best way to decrease your mortality risk so that you are more likely to experience the next great advancement in Anti-Aging Medicine.

If you feel that your quality of life has been on the decline as a result of changes in your body and mind resulting from the aging process, I strongly encourage you to get your hormone levels checked, because there is a significant chance that you may be suffering from a reversible form of hormone deficiency.

The Future of Human Genetic Engineering

This is truly an exciting time to be alive. We are quickly approaching the point at which scientific breakthroughs in health science will continue to occur at an ever-increasing pace, with groundbreaking new health advances occurring on a regular basis. The following years will be incredibly interesting, because there are a multitude of clinical trials regarding the promise and potential effectiveness of both gene therapy and stem cell therapy.

By 2012, these studies, and other similar studies, were already displaying high levels of potential to both treat and protect both animals and humans from disease. Beyond Hormone Optimization and Genetic Therapy, the next stage of advancement will most likely be in the field of nanomedicine. Beyond nanomedicine is femtomedicine.

At this stage of scientific inquiry, this is as far as even the most forward-thinking physician or philosopher could imagine, but there is no doubt as we create new medical treatments and expend our knowledge of medical science, new opportunities for advancement will be conceptualized that could be even more life-altering and fantastic than those that we just mentioned.

When you consider the future of medicine and longevity, you realize that human beings as they are now aren’t simply the end result of millions of years of evolution, but also a gateway to the next state of terrestrial life, a transitional state between what was and what will be, an opportunity to experience even greater consciousness and enlightenment by conquering time, itself.

What is the Idea Behind Human Immortality?

When we discuss the idea of human immortality, it doesn’t just mean allowing a human being to live forever, human immortality represents the idea that it will be possible, with future biomedical and genetic enhancements, for human beings to experience a practical immortality in which one is able to live as they were in the prime of their life, for all of their life.

It seems just as you master your body and your mind in the late twenties and early thirties, your body and mind start to enter a slow and unstoppable decline. What if you could preserve that period of physical and psychological perfection forever? It is during this period that the average person reaches his or her functional peak as an individual, with regard to strength, cognitive ability, immunity, and overall health.

How Much Better Would Life Be if You Lived to 200?

Think about how different and exciting that life would be if you could have the body and mind of a 29 year old for 120 years. There are a number of people that think that humans should not have this opportunity, but it sounds much better than spending the whole sum of those years in slow and steady decline.

How Much Better Would Life Be if You Could Live Indefinitely?

Immortalists subscribe to the belief that individuals that truly enjoy life and are creative or passionate enough to find interesting or fulfilling things to do would be able to easily take advantage of a significantly lengthened lifespan. I do understand how such a long life would feel to someone that lacks passion or imagination, however. I can imagine two hundred years of absolutely drudgery. If one does not have the propensity to invest or save to create wealth, I can imagine two hundred years of hard work with nothing to show for it.

With luck, a more automated world would allow us to enjoy our lives while actually working less. Imagine a world of eco-friendly machines could do the work of one hundred men. This could be a wonderful world of leisure for all, but it could also lead to a world where machines are used as a method of control and domination, like in Frank Herbert’s dystopian novel Dune.

The Temptation of Human Immortality

Whether the opportunity for Human Immortality comes in twenty years or two hundred years, there will be those that seek out the opportunity for such a life, and there will be those that choose to reject the opportunity for immortality.

The central question that Immortalists posit is a simple one: Why would anyone actually want to die or grow old? When you think of it that way, it sounds absolutely silly. Who would ever want to do such things? But in reality, it seems as though most human beings are resigned to such a fate.

Who Really Wants to Grow Old?

More than simply growing old, who wants to lose their lust for life or their libido? Who wants to experience their own body slowly deteriorate as they are beaten down by illness and disease? Human Immortalists are those that are willing to fight against what is perceived as inevitable by society at large. They believe that those that have resigned themselves to decay and death are simply not willing to imagine a post-human age where they could evolve beyond the inevitability of death.

It seems that many humans think of Human Immortalists as harbingers of doom which are going to bring about a new genocide. They believe that Immortalists are going against the will of God by altering the Human Genetic Code in an attempt to foster extreme lifespans, improved aesthetic, and vastly improved health outcomes.

The Great Schism of Humanity

There is a strong chance that a rift will develop between those that choose genetic alteration and those that choose to forgo such opportunities. In the end, it is likely that humanity will rift into two distinct groups. Over time, greater and greater numbers will opt for Genetic Modification, and those that opt out of such procedures may potentially lose footing in society as a result of their choice.

If modification indeed has the ability to create such disparity, genetically modified humans will spread their genes with one another, and their offspring may have greater potential for both prosperity and intellect, which will create a socioeconomic rift between GM Humans and Unmodified Humans.

Will Post-Humans be able to act ethically under these circumstances? Will Unmodified Humans be able to accept a place in the world where they are unequivocally inferior to their GM counterparts? This new world will be different and exciting, and it’s up to us to create a civil world where we can act in the best interest of all.

What Other Strange Opportunities May Become Available in the Future?

On top of our ability to vastly extend and improve our long-term health, the future will also provide us with enhanced opportunities with regard to personal aesthetic. We will not only be able to cure conditions such as psoriasis which plague millions in the world today, but many may choose to move beyond mere optimization and may choose to fully customize their appearance. Perhaps one may choose not to have olive or alabaster skin as many in society desire today, but go for a different color all together.

What if someone chose to color their skin orange, green, or blue? What if they wanted to be leopard print or covered in zebra stripes? This may appear otherworldly and unnatural to our minds, but when presented with an entire array of customization, what would be so strange about doing something like that to stand out? How different would it be to dying your hair blue or rainbow, if there were no dangers in undergoing such a change?

But, given enough time and scientific innovation, skin color and other basic augmentations like genetic breast and penis enlargement will be just another evolution in the concept of general aesthetic. The potential for more extreme changes would eventually become possible. What if humans wanted to take on the characteristics of animals? What if someone wanted the ears or tail of a cat, for example? There would even be the potential to do even more drastic things that we can barely imagine today.

Genetically Engineered Pets

These genetic advancements won’t occur in a human vacuum. They will also apply to animals as well. Today people are paying top dollar for basic genetically modified hypo-allergenic dogs, and glow-in-the-dark mammals have even been developed in laboratories.

In the future, it is likely that scientists will come up with scientific modifications which significantly enhance both the aesthetic and intelligence of animals. It’s even likely that animals will experience the benefits of genetic engineering more quickly than humans, as this future will largely be facilitated by means of animal testing.

The Post-Human Era Starts with Basic Genetic Engineering and Ends with Post-Humanism, Hyperlongevity, and Potential Immortality

You may not be able to tell, but we are already in the midst of the first phase of the Post-Human era. The beginning of this era was marked by the first time that egg and sperm from two different individuals was combined and implanted into an adoptive mother. It was such a grand event in retrospect, but the passing into this new era was not met with massive celebrations, but simply with concerns over the ethics of the new future.

Post-Humanity will have a litany of moral conundrums to unravel, some that we can imagine, and others that are unfathomable to us today. The state of the mortal mind is simply not equipped to handle the moral and ethical quandaries that the genetically modified mind will face. What if there are other lifeforms just like us in other parts of the galaxy, that have also learned to take control of their very existence on the cellular level? What if the number of unique alien civilizations in the universe is unlimited? What if we as earthlings are just one form of intelligent life among a countless litany of others?

The Current State of Genetic Modification and Gene Therapy

Today, scientists, researchers, and physicians are taking the first step into this future, with the quickly growing field of genetic therapy. We are on the cusp of doing some truly amazing things, like genetically altering viruses in order to protect humans from genetic disorders and conditions. At first, these initial treatments have been risky, reserved for those in most dire need, but as medical science becomes more well-versed in these therapeutic advancements, they will become safer and more widely available to the general public. Could you imagine reducing your risk of cancer by 80% just with a single injection? That may be the future for you.

The Current State of Organ Regeneration and Stem Cell Therapy

Another aspect of genetic therapy has to do with the advancing field of Stem Cell Therapy. There are new, state of the art treatments available which utilize stem cells in order to improve the health of the heart. Patients that have experienced heart attack or heart disease can be treated with stem cells which have the ability to develop into new and healthy muscle tissue.

Similar techniques have also been used in order to regenerate other parts of the body or parts of individual organs. In one famous case, scientists biomanufactured a windpipe for a patient with the patient’s own cells. They were able to do this by taking the stem cells and allowing them to grow in culture before pouring them over a scaffold in the shape of a windpipe. Just by providing the cells with the nutrients to grow, they were able to recreate a human windpipe in the laboratory just in a matter of days.

Because the windpipe was created from the patient’s own cells, the body did not reject the windpipe when it was surgically implanted into the body. This is one of the first successful cases where a patient’s life was changed through the scientific advancements of genetic organ replacement.

Stem Cell Therapy Will Be Available in the Near Future: Hormone Replacement Therapy is Here Today!

Stem Cell Therapy is exciting and will become increasingly common and popular over the next century in the United States. Today, there are a few places where Stem Cell Therapy is available internationally, especially in Asia, but they have yet to be medically certified, and there are still a number of pertinent risks involved. In the Western World, Stem Cell Treatments are currently going through clinical trials. Although the results are mixed, continual progress is being made.

There are many scientists that believe that Stem Cell Research will lead to a new future in medicine, but policies enacted during the presidency of George W. Bush have set the United States behind by at least a decade, and other nations in Europe and Asia are currently taking advantage of their head start, and may one day eclipse us in these new and futuristic medical therapies.

In just a few short years, genetic testing will become affordable enough that it will become a common and recommended part of prenatal care as well as regular checkups throughout the lifespan. Over time, more and more Genetic Disorders will be able to be effectively treated with Gene Therapy, and with every breakthrough, people will be that much more likely to live a longer and healthier life.

Once the clinical science is sound, it won’t even be a difficult ordeal for the patient. It would simply be like going to visit the pharmacist, or making a call to a specialist pharmacy. After receiving the medication, one will be able to administer the medication on his or her own and without the frequent oversight of a medical professional.

Not long after these Genetic Treatments are made available to the public, Stem Cell Therapies will quickly become more and more advanced as well. There are even companies that have expressed a desire to take your stem cells and develop them in a laboratory environment. The goal of this treatment would be to take your own stem cells and foster the healthiest cells to multiply. After these cultures are developed, they would be mailed back to you in order for you to inject them to alleviate health conditions and other symptoms related to the aging process.

Beyond Genetic Engineering and Stem Cell Therapies, will come new forms of medical treatment that we are just beginning to research today, but will surely flourish in the coming decades: nanomedicine and femtomedicine.

Nanoscience and the Healthcare of the Future

These are tiny, genetically engineered cellular machines that will be able to improve your health by altering the functions of your body in a positive manner. They will be able to repair and alter particular forms of cells so that they function optimally, even after a period of long life in which you would expect to see physiological breakdown. It is even believed that these treatments can also preserve and repair the brain itself! Isn’t that exciting?

There are countless people in the world that have a litany of big dreams, more than they could ever hope to accomplish in a single lifetime in some cases. They have these long checklists of things they want to do in their life, a whole wide world they want to explore. Some have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, and want to read thousands of books or learn dozens of languages in their life.

There are countless more people that have spent their early lives living on the edge, and suffer from issues such as alcohol dependency or drug addiction which have harmed their bodies and their brains. With these forms of genetic and nanomedicine, it will be possible to repair the bodies and minds of these individuals, allowing them to make a fresh start. It is possible that addiction itself may become a historical curiosity as a result of these medical advances.

What Would Do If You Had 200 More Years to Live?

  • Would you learn to play multiple musical instruments?

  • Would you research for decades in order to write the perfect novel?

  • Would you visit every country on earth?

The number of dreams that humans have yearned for is nearly infinite, and most never live to achieve all of their dreams, if they achieve any of their dreams at all. If you are still alive in the near future, around 2032, you will be able to take full advantage of what Longevity Medicine and Anti-Aging Therapy have to offer!

Some time in the future, we will finally overcome the condition of aging. We will be able to prevent all illness and be able to live in perpetuity, as long as we don’t succumb to an accident or similar fate. This is the extreme vision of Immortality Medicine.

The First Immortals Could be Alive Today!

By the time we make it to the 22nd century, there will already be individuals that have taken the road to Hyperlongevity, and there will likely be millions of humans that have taken part in this great leap forward into Post-Humanism. They will not only be healthier, but smarter too, with further advances in Genetic Science that allow us to amplify the capacity of our brains.

As people continue to develop down this evolutionary road, will we even consider them humans anymore? They will represent a new version of humanity, and they will likely use a new term to define themselves, whether that be Neohuman or some other clever word or phrase.

I believe that this advance into Neohumanism will also lead to a new era in space travel and human colonization. With these extensive lifespans, many Neohumans will inevitably turn their eyes to the stars in a desire to find new worlds and discover new lands and extraterrestrial lifeforms. Brave Neohumans from all over the planet will take to interplanetary space vessels in order to colonize and experience new worlds and lands that are beyond the scope of human imagination.

Can I Live to Experience This New Era of Humanity?

All of the things we’ve discussed may seem incredibly exciting to you, but we understand that these innovations are going to come in the near future. If you want to take part in this grand human experiment, it’s important that you live long enough to seize these innovations as they come! There are steps you can take now to alleviate the negative symptoms of the aging process and increase your odds of experiencing the new, human revolution.

My suggestions will not ensure that you will live for the next twenty years or longer, but they will potentially drastically decrease your mortality risk so that you are able to seek out this new and exciting future that we have laid before you.

Today, the door to Neo-Humanism, Hyperlongevity, and even Human Immortality is slightly open, and there are many alive today that will experience these magnificent and life-altering advances.

Will You Take Advantage of the Advances of Hyper-Longevity and Anti-Aging Medicine? Are You Willing to Commit to a Longer and more Youthful Life?

It’s quite plain to see that we are at the crest of an event horizon, beyond which it will truly be possible to lengthen lifespans indefinitely. The most important thing is to breach that horizon. By taking steps to increase health and lifespan now, you allow yourself the opportunity to take care of further, greater medical enhancements down the road.

The most modern advances available today are in the form of Recombinant Hormone Replacement Therapies. By optimizing your hormone balance, you increase the odds that you will live long enough to experience the new, up-and-coming breakthroughs of the mid-21st century.

If you live just a few more years, new genetic medical treatments will become available which will significantly increase your lifespan. While you are enjoying the benefit of genetic medicine, researchers and medical scientists will advance and perfect Genetic Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy, allowing you to live even longer!

There are a number of Stem Cell and Gene Therapies going through clinical trials as you read this, which show great promise in preventing or treating serious illnesses which severely inhibit lifespan today. As the medical community becomes more adept at using these new tools for the purpose of treatment, they will begin to utilize these treatments as forms of Positive Medicine.

They will be able to treat patients before they even get sick in order to optimize their health and greatly improve lifespans as a result, because the incidence of illness will decline significantly. In addition, these same treatments will be able to streamline existing physiological processes, keeping the body physiologically stronger and more youthful. They will be able to tailor these treatments uniquely to the individual in order to give the best care to each individual patient.

Stay on the Cutting Edge of Longevity Medicine to Perpetually Extend the Human Lifespan

With each of these breakthroughs and treatments, we will come one step closer to Immortality. Eventually, scientists and researchers will crack the code of human life, and finally figure out how to allow us to truly live indefinitely. It may take 100 years or it may take 500 years to achieve true Immortality, but each life-extending advance will allow people to survive until the next great advance. Hyper-Longevity will eventually become a universal reality, barring accident, war, or any other form of life-ending catastrophe.

You may feel that this is a science fiction world that I am describing, but it very well may be possible for you to experience this all for yourself. It is estimated that at some point between 2032 and 2052 we will have perfected medical practices which allow us to live significantly longer lives than we do today. Those that are optimistic feel that we are just twenty years away from this era, while those that are more cautious suggest that fifty years would be a more reasonable estimate.

Twenty to fifty years may not seem like that long in scientific study, but in terms of your own life, it is a significant period of time. Are you willing to make the sacrifices now in order to experience Hyperlongevity in the near future?

Eight Ways to Extend Your Lifespan

There are a lot of steps that you can take in your life today in order to significantly increase the odds that you survive to experience this new and amazing future. If you follow the suggestions below, conscientiously, you will maximize your potential to extend your life until further longevity advances develop in the coming decades.

These eight factors have been shown to be most important when determining the length of an individual’s lifespan:

  • Nutrition

  • Exercise

  • Environment

  • Social Circles

  • Vice

  • Climate

  • Calorie-Restricted Diet

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy

The Diet of the 21st Century: Caloric Restriction and Fasting for a Longer Life

A recent article in Newsmax Health explained that the future of longevity isn’t fad dieting or strenuous exercise, but a Calorie-Restricted diet which manages metabolism and ensures a long and healthy life.

Over the last century, there have been more than twenty thousand studies regarding caloric restriction in animal species from around the globe. All of these studies have unequivocally shown that restricting the calories in an animal’s diet has the ability to significantly increase the lifespan, and the same appears to apply to human beings..

This may sound like a starvation diet at first, but conscientiously and significantly restricting calories in the human diet is a powerful means to a longer life. Of course, most people consume at least 1500 calories per day and some consume several thousand! But, it appears that the sweet spot for human longevity is quite a bit lower than that 1500 calorie threshold.

For those that are struggling with Caloric Restriction, especially those that are currently overweight, HCG Injections can help relieve the feeling of hunger associated with the initial phase of the diet in order to acclimate to their new dietary lifestyle more effectively.

At first it may seem counter-intuitive, that too much of the Bread of Life can actually shorten the lifespan, but that absolutely seems to be the case. A diet that provides high levels of nutrients through the consumption of a small number of calories is the number one way to increase human longevity effectively. Intermittent Fasting and Caloric Restriction slow down aging and also reduce the incidence of a wide variety of illnesses that plague so many in America today.

The Modern Media and the Culture of Food in the West

In the United States, as well as other countries in the West including the United Kingdom, children were raised in a reality in which starvation was one of the greatest evils of the 19th and 20th century. The various forms of media available all showed the terrible fates of so many who were denied the food needed to live. Nowhere is this imagery more vivid in Western Civilization than in the footage captured after the end of World War II as the true horrors of the Holocaust were revealed to the world at large.

During the Cold War we also experienced further evidence of the horrors of famine as communist Russia and China struggled with providing their populations with proper nutrition, leading countless to die of starvation over many decades. Today, on modern television, there are advertisements for charities throughout Africa and Asia which show the plight of the starving in these third world nations.

I do not mean to discount the real and significant struggles that those that came before us experienced in the not so distant past, but it had a powerful impact on food culture in the West, particularly the idea that it is better to eat too much than too little. In our elementary education and beyond, we are confronted with story after story of mass famine, and it seems that part of the way that we culturally appreciate our current abundance is by partaking in it.

This appreciation for our abundance has led directly to a culture of overeating that borders on obsession. In the West, we simply love our food too much, and the expansion of cuisine in the West has allowed anyone to get whatever they want, when they want it, whether they go to the grocery store, the pizza parlor, or the Chinese buffet.

A Culture of Overeating Develops into a Culture of Force Feeding

Throughout the twentieth century, we have always been taught that we need to eat every last bite on our plates. Often times, we were also strongly encouraged, if not forced, to go back for a second portion. In addition to this, the proliferation of soda drinks has led directly to a significant increase in the empty calories that the average American consumes.

As the twentieth century barreled on, parents on average had less time to cook and prepare meals at home, which led to the greater proliferation of both fast food and microwavable dinners, loaded with sugars, salts, and carbohydrates which increased our caloric consumption even more!

During this age, restaurants like Burger King and McDonald’s became the captains of the fast food industry, generating billions of dollars in profit funneling cheap calories into the mouths of men, women, and children all across the country.

Because of all these pressures to overeat, the longevity gains that people in the West experienced as a result of modernization all began to slip away, the combination of unhealthy eating and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle is threatening today’s generation with the prospect of living shorter lives than their parents on average!

The United States would be stronger in every way, if it could foster greater consciousness about the importance of eating smarter to eat longer. If we all just made the proactive decision to engage in a lifestyle of at least mild caloric restriction, it would both decrease the price of health care and allow the citizens of this nation to live longer, happier, and healthier lives.

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Researchers Have Created an AI That Is Naturally Curious – Futurism

Posted: May 24, 2017 at 7:52 pm

In Brief Researchers have successfully given AI a curiosity implant, which motivated it to explore a virtual environment. This could be the bridge between AI and real world application A Non-Utilitarian AI

Researchers at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, have produced an artificial intelligence (AI) that is naturally curious. They tested it successfully by having it play Super Mario and VizDoom (a rudimentary 3-D shooter), as the video below shows.

While the AI that was not equipped with the curiosity upgrade banged into walls repeatedly, the curious AI explored its environment in order to learn more. Pulkit Agrawal,a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley, amember of the team, compared it to babies, who do all these random experiments, and you can think of that as a kind of curiosity.

Most current AIs are trained using Reinforcement Learning they are rewarded when they perform a task that helps them to reach a goal or complete a function. This is a useful and effective strategy for teaching AI to complete specific tasks as shown by the AI who beat the AlphaGo world number one but less useful when you want a machine to be autonomous and operate outside of direct commands. This is crucial step to integrating AI into the real world and having it solve real world problems because, as Agrawal says, rewards in the real world are very sparse.

Brenden Lake, a Data Science Fellow at New York University said in an email to MIT that this work is encouraging. Developing machines with similar qualities is an important step toward building machines that learn and think like people.

However, to some, this could be extremely worrying. Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have already discussed AI as a serious threat to humanity, and we must consider the consequences of introducing improvements to thought capacity to a process of learning that we already dont fully understand.

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Sea Levels Are Rising Even Faster Than Previously Thought – Futurism

Posted: May 24, 2017 at 7:52 pm

In Brief New research by a team of European scientists points out that sea level rise in the past decade has actually been accelerating faster than we thought. The Rising Seas

Global sea level rise is precipitated by two factors: the thermal expansion of oceans due to warming and the increased melting of the polar ice capsand other land-based glaciers. Over the past century, sea levels have continued to rise, and new research suggests that its doing so at a rate faster than previously thought.Click to View Full Infographic

The new scientific analysis was made by a team of European researchers who published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. We have a much stronger acceleration in sea level rise than formerly thought, researcher Snke Dangendorf from the University of Siegen in Germany told the Washington Post.

According to the study, oceans were rising at a rate of 1.1 millimeters per year(roughly 0.43 inches per decade) prior to 1990. However, from 1993 through 2012, the rate increased to about 3.1 millimeters per year(1.22 inches per decade). This rate is faster than whats been presented inprevious findings.

The increased rate is believed to be due tomelting ice sheets in the Antarctic and Greenland, although scientists seem to diverge when it comes to the rate. Still, they have clearly grasped the bigger picture. Sea levels will continue to rise over the coming century, no matter whether we will adapt or not, but I think we can limit at least a part of the sea level rise. It will further accelerate, but how much is related to how we act as humans, Dangendorf said.

So, instead of debating on the finer points of the phenomenon, the better thing to do is to work on not accelerating it further. Efforts to reverse the melting of ice from the polar caps and land-based glaciers arent lacking. One of the moreinteresting solutions involvesa plan to re-freeze the Arctic, which is currently being tested in the glaciers of the Swiss Alps.

In any case, humanity needs to work faster:sea levels could rise at an accelerated rate of 5 to 15 millimeters per year (1.97 to 5.9 inches per decade) in the years to come as a response toextreme climate conditions.

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ABC’s chemistry-lacking ‘Dirty Dancing’ has two left feet – Chicago Tribune

Posted: May 24, 2017 at 7:52 pm

You will not have the time of your life watching ABC’s “Dirty Dancing” musical. It is neither good nor deliciously bad. It is a banal three-hour time-suck that manages to feel both rushed and drawn out.

“Dirty Dancing” was a box-office hit in 1987, and its enduring popularity has spawned a stage musical, a cheesy Cuba-based prequel and the adoration of multiple generations. “Dirty Dancing” oozes nostalgia, not least because it’s an ’80s movie set in the ’60s. But a remake will always be a tall order.

The adaptation, which airs Wednesday, was pre-taped, unlike recent musicals such as Fox’s “Grease” and NBC’s “Hairspray Live.” Abigail Breslin stars as Frances “Baby” Houseman, the bookish 18-year-old who falls in love with a suave dance instructor while vacationing with her family at a resort in the Catskills. Colt Prattes, who starred in the Las Vegas production of “Rock of Ages,” plays Johnny Castle, the role made famous by Patrick Swayze.

Breslin nabbed an Oscar nomination at just 10 years of age for her assured performance in “Little Miss Sunshine,” and Prattes is a gifted dancer. But they don’t have a tenth of the chemistry that Swayze had with Jennifer Grey. That on-screen connection was the driving force of the original film. Stripped of that, Baby and Johnny appear to just be going through the motions.

Even Baby’s close-knit relationship with her father, Jake (Bruce Greenwood), feels less authentic. To be fair, the late Jerry Orbach left big shoes to fill. But Baby’s teary-eyed confrontation with her father over his judgment of working-class Johnny always made me sob. Here? Meh.

“Dirty Dancing” sticks pretty close to the script – the biggest twist merely provides an unnecessary justification for the movie’s musical format, which includes cast renditions of “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” and “Do You Love Me,” in addition to covers of “Hungry Eyes” (by Greyson Chance) and “Hey! Baby” (by Lady Antebellum). Johnny still gets falsely accused of stealing after blowing off “bungalow bunny” Vivian Pressman (Katey Sagal). And his dance partner Penny, played by singer and “X Factor” judge Nicole Scherzinger with an unplaceable tri-state-area accent, still gets an illegal abortion that puts her health in danger. The story line, controversial in the late 1980s, offers muted social commentary.

But in the sometimes-awkward tradition of network musicals, the TV movie makes ham-handed attempts to update the story in more overt, socially conscious ways. Baby and her sister, Lisa (“Modern Family’s” Sarah Hyland), have an ongoing dialogue about whether women can have it all. This time around, Lisa is quicker to ditch Robbie (Shane Harper), the sleazy, Ivy League-bound waiter, leaving her free to pursue a forbidden romance with Marco (“Hamilton’s” J. Quinton Johnson), a piano player in the Kellerman Lodge house band. Marco, who is black, is warned by bandleader Tito (Billy Dee Williams) to “leave the little white girls alone.”

In the end, Lisa asks Marco to join her onstage at the end-of-the-summer talent show, where they sing a saccharine cover of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” (At least we’re spared Lisa’s shrill rendition of “Hula Hana.”) The performance leaves Tito and Max, the lodge’s owner, to muse that times are a changin’ and that’s a good thing! This must be what the musical’s website means when it says that the remake tackles “social themes like race.”

If there’s anything to be savored here, it’s Debra Messing’s turn as Baby’s mother, who isn’t as content to be a housewife and challenges her husband’s lack of attention. But the musical isn’t about Marjorie Houseman (though maybe it should be). Ultimately, this “Dirty Dancing” remake amounts to an epic jumble of misused talents. Random musical outbursts only make it worse.

By the time Johnny bursts into the performance hall to proclaim that “nobody puts Baby in a corner,” you might well wish that somebody had.

“Dirty Dancing” (three hours) airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Winston, Jackson Developing Early Chemistry – Buccaneers.com

Posted: May 24, 2017 at 7:52 pm

When Jameis Winston drops back to pass this season, hell almost certainly know where No. 11 is on the field. While he and his new wide receiver, DeSean Jackson, arent familiar enough to read each others mind yet, the pair have succeeded in jumpstarting an on-field relationship that the Buccaneers believe could be instrumental in a push towards the postseason.

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Yeah, we already have that chemistry down pat now, Winston said during a press conference after the Buccaneers first OTA practice on Tuesday.

Getting on the same page with Jackson has been a priority of Winstons, and it appears just as important to the veteran wide receiver. OTAs are voluntary, and Jackson opted to skip out on the first two weeks of the Redskins workouts a year ago. But he was in the building for Day 1 with his new team.

Its going great, Jackson said of his budding relationship with Winston. Im excited about it. Its still early. We have still been getting some good work in, so Im looking forward to once training camp [starts] and July, August and getting ready for the season. That is what I look forward to.

Although the two hadnt been able to practice together at team facilities, Winston and Jackson have been in touch since Tampa Bay signed Jackson as a free agent. From what hes seen so far, Jackson has been impressed with the Bucs third-year quarterback.

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He has a strong mentality and hes a worker, Jackson said. Hes one of the guys out there, he is a big-time vocal guy. If someone is not doing something right, he is going to get at them. So, as that being your franchise quarterback, that is the first thing you would need in a quarterback. A vocal guy and someone that is not too shy to speak their mind and if you see a guy that is not doing something right, tell them about it. Its not like hes just barking and not showing. Hes out there actually barking and hes working.

Hes one of the first out there. Hes going to be running around from drill to drill. His excitement, his camaraderie with the team, its what you need in a quarterback. I think he has that and thats why this franchise has him as their starting quarterback.

The on-field results appear to echo what each player has said. Jackson ran a handful of deep routes against Vernon Hargreaves on Tuesday and caught a deep touchdown pass during Wednesday’s workout. To watch his catch, click the video below.

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What is Team Chemistry in Professional Sports? – Blazer’s Edge

Posted: May 24, 2017 at 7:52 pm

One of the blessings of watching the NBA is the abundance of information we have available: every type of advanced statistic, insider reports tweeted to us by any media member we choose to follow, and a simple internet search that gets us in-depth analysis of any player or game in history. Its pretty stinking awesome. But while in the midst of this information boom, we forget that some things are incalculable. You can measure talent in stats, or physical tools, or shooting percentages, but to make a good team, talent is not always enough.

In the past few years weve watched a team with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, all in their primes, lose a best-of-seven series to a team whose second leading scorer was a 33-year-old Jason Terry. A team with Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, and Pau Gasol finished a season with 45 wins (injuries be darned). And there are the Spurs who have won at least 50 games every year for 20 straight years. (I’m counting the lockout year) but most of those players would be middle of the pack or worse selections in an NBA pickup game.

Talent is very important, but one of the most important factors that determines if a team can reach or exceed its potential is chemistry.

What is Team Chemistry?

Team chemistry is an idea thrown around a lot but not many people other than players understand the actual impact. The old cliche is that good chemistry means the team is greater than the sum of its parts. This is a good start, but it runs much deeper than that.

The best way Ive ever been able to describe the chemistry is that its a cumulative team attitude. In other words, its the way the team, as a whole, feels about itself and its chances to succeed.

Confidence is a big part of it. Teams that have great chemistry also have a bit of a swagger, some cockiness, and some attitude. Each member goes into every game knowing exactly what their role is and what they they need to do. Even more importantly, they know that everyone else knows their role and will do their job.

The teams with the best chemistry can absorb some adversitythey trust themselves to be able to handle it.

Basketball is a team sport and it takes a combined effort to achieve success. If one person is feeling unhappy or unconfident, it brings down the entire teams cumulative attitude. If a player is not doing their job in accordance with the way the rest of the team needs them to, the whole team falters.

This applies not only to the game of basketball, but in any setting that involves people working together. When everyone carries their weight, your load becomes lighter. We all have that one person weve worked with at some point in our careers who brought in negative vibes and was lazy, making everyone elses job more difficult. The same thing is true on the basketball courtnegativity and lack of cooperation become burdens for everyone else to carry.

One big misconception is that team chemistry means that all of the players are friends both on and off the court. Some of my favorite teammates I never saw outside of basketball; there is a difference between friends and teammates. But basketball across the world is starting to put more value on high-character people.

You realize you can win championships with all good guys, an NBA scout told Bleacher Report. You dont need to have any knuckleheads on your team like previously thought to win games. I think teams are starting to appreciate good character and realize what that has to do with winning.

What Affects Team Chemistry?

When I describe the chemistry as a cumulative team attitude, I choose to say, team attitude and not player attitude for a reason. The cumulative team attitude is impacted by every person incolved with the organization, from the owner down, and that includes the fans and media. The players and coaches carry the biggest part of that burden, but the organization and the way it functions make a difference as well (Google New York Knicks for some negative examples).

I played on a team professionally in Europe that was always at least two months late on payments to our foreigner players and never less than four months late to the local players. It then came out that the president was caught stealing money from the team.

That same yearand on the same teamour coach was told he would be replaced and was asked to step down. It turns out the new coach didnt want the position and so the original coach was actually forced to return to finish the season at the risk of losing out on the rest of his contract. The whole season was just a big cluster of confusion. We were dealing with agents telling players to not practice until they got paid, we were getting lied to by the front office about our money, and our poor coach may as well have been John Coffey being followed around all season by Percy Wetmore.

As for the players, I couldnt come up with a single negative thing to say about their attitudes. We handled the situation with more class and professionalism than most would, but not even a talented team and multiple ex-NBA players on our roster mattered. The cumulative attitude of that organization was terrible and our play on the court remained a reflection of that.

We finished the season 10-27.

Every player wants to succeed on the court for their benefitand for their familys benefitand most want to succeed for their teammates, as well. But there is a distinct difference when a player wants to succeed not only for himself and his teammates, but for the whole organization.

I have played for teams that made me feel this way. I wanted to win because my coach wanted to win just as badly as I did. I wanted to win because my president did everything he possibly could to put our players in the best position to be successful. I wanted to win because the team volunteers spent 15 hours this week, of their own time, decorating the gym and making the atmosphere as electric as possible. I wanted to win for the fans who take time and pay money to come support us. I felt pride in my team, and it wouldve really hurt to let those people down. Feelings like that stayed with me on the court just as much as the negativity.

At the same time, I had teammates on those same teams who felt much differently about the club. At the end of the day, its the attitudes of the player that weighs the most.

What Role Does a Leader Have with a Teams Chemistry?

The team leader is the person or people who hold everybody else accountable for staying on track. The leader can be the coach, or the captain, or both. But the best leadership situations put responsibility on every player to be leaders. The leader of the team is the person setting the precedent for what is acceptable and what isnt. He has to balance between setting a tone for the way the team operates and keeping the respect of everyone else.

He also has to know how to talk to everyonewhat you can say to whom and when. It is the leaders job to know how the players are feeling and make sure the cumulative attitude stays positive. More than anything, if the leader expects everyone else to be able to put their personal agendas aside for the good of the team, he has to be able to set an example and do it himself.

One of my favorite examples of this was the 2016-17 Blazers. For a year and a half, they had two stars on their roster: Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. But as soon as Jusuf Nurkic was traded to the Blazers, that dynamic backcourt started making sacrifices in order to help Nurk fit in.

The two guards would cross halfcourt yelling at Nurk to get on the block so he could post up and they could get him the ball. They knew that it may cost them shots, but they did what they had to in order to integrate a new teammate they thought could help them win more games. As it turns out, that is exactly what happened, and Nurkic was given a responsibility within the team. He then became more engaged, his confidence grew, and Blazers finished the season with 17 wins in their final 23 games.

In contrast, a week after Nurkic was traded to the Blazers, a more talented big man, DeMarcus Cousins, was traded from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans lost 10 of their 17 games with Cousins. The Blazers improved more by adding a player with less overall talent than Boogie. Nurks shortcomings with success have been well documented, but the Blazers leaders deserve a lot of credit for the way they were able to incorporate him.

Good leadership is part of the battle but everyone has to buy in for it to work. Good chemistry is not easy to come by. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort from everyone for it work. Other times, it just comes together on its own, and more often than not, chemistry never fully comes, so professional teams are now putting more emphasis on chemistry and high-character players than ever.

When watching the the NBA, were reminded time and time again that the best players do not always win.

But the best team always does.

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CPS High School Students Would Have To Take Chemistry, Physics To Graduate – DNAinfo

Posted: May 24, 2017 at 7:52 pm

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CHICAGO To earn a high school diploma, Chicago high school students would have to take chemistry and physics in addition to biology, under a new proposal unveiled Tuesday by Chicago Public Schools officials.

Current students have to earn three science credits to meet the requirements for graduation, but only one must be from a biology class. The other two credits can now be earned by taking a combination of chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science and physics.

If the tougher requirements are approved as expected Wednesday by the Board of Education, students entering high school in the 2018-19 academic year would still have to earn at least three science credits but they would have to be in biology, chemistry and physics classes.

The new requirements are designed to ensure all students have “access to a rigorous science education” and “better prepare students for careers in science fields,” officials said.

In addition, high school students will have to take a financial literacy class that prepares them “with the knowledge and skills to make empowered financial decisions.”

The requirement will apply to students who enter high school in the fall, officials said. Schools will develop their own curriculum, and the class will be offered pass or fail, officials said.

In addition, the board is poised to adopt a new requirement that would prevent high school students from graduating unless they can prove they have plan in place for college, a trade school or a job.

Current freshmen who are set graduate in 2020 would be the first to be required to provide a plan. All students who graduate from CPS high schools are automatically granted admission to the City Colleges of Chicago.

Emanuel has said the current kindergarten through 12th grade model for education has not been relevant for nearly 20 years.

“We are moving to a pre-kindergarten through college model,” Emanuel said.

However, Emanuel’s plan was blasted by some who said it was irresponsible for the cash-strapped district to impose new requirements on schools and teachers when it is not providing adequate resources to meet students’ minimum needs.

The proposal to toughen high school graduation requirements come a month after the Board of Education adopted a new requirement that will require all eighth-grade students to apply to high school rather than just enrolling at their neighborhood high school.

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