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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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Challenge Awards-Class of 2017 | Prostate Cancer Foundation

Posted: September 23, 2018 at 7:45 am

Douglas McNeel, MD, PhD

2017 Movember Foundation Distinguished Gentlemans Ride PCF Challenge Award ($1 Million)

Principal Investigators: Douglas McNeel, MD, PhD (University of Wisconsin)

Co-Investigators: Glenn Liu, MD (University of Wisconsin), Robert Jeraj, PhD (University of Wisconsin), Christos Kyriakopoulos, MD (University of Wisconsin)

Project Title: Broadening T-Cell Activation with PD-1 Blockade to Treat Advanced, Metastatic Prostate Cancer


What this means to patients: Treatment strategies that effectively activate the immune system to target cancer will provide a promising new therapeutic opportunity for men with prostate cancer. Dr. McNeel and team will conduct a clinical trial testing the combination of two therapeutic prostate cancer vaccines plus the checkpoint immunotherapy anti-PD1, which may result in an effective new therapy for prostate cancer patients.

Felix Feng, MD

2017 Movember Foundation PCF Challenge Award ($1 Million)

Principal Investigators: Felix Feng, MD (University of California, San Francisco), Alan Ashworth, PhD (University of California, San Francisco), Charles Ryan, MD (University of California, San Francisco), Alexander Wyatt, PhD (University of British Columbia)

Co-Investigators: David Quigley, PhD (University of California, San Francisco), Li Zhang, PhD (University of California, San Francisco), Wassim Abida, MD, PhD (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Luke Gilbert, PhD (University of California, San Francisco)

Project Title: Identifying and Overcoming PARP Inhibitor Resistance in Patients with Metastatic Prostate Cancer


What this means to patients: PARP-inhibitors are a precision medicine that will likely gain FDA-approval for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer in the next few years. Dr. Feng and team will conduct studies that will optimize the use of these agents in patients, by identifying patients who are likely to benefit, uncovering mechanisms of PARP-inhibitor resistance, and discovering new treatments for patients who have progressed on PARP-inhibitors.

Joshua Lang, MD

2017 Movember Foundation PCF Challenge Award ($1 Million)

Principal Investigators: Joshua Lang, MD (University of Wisconsin), Howard Scher, MD (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Scott Dehm, PhD (Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota), Scott Tagawa, MD (Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian)

Co-Investigators: Kimberly Ku, MD (University of Wisconsin)

Project Title: Therapeutic Targeting of AR Variant Prostate Cancer with a Novel Antibody Drug Conjugate


What this means to patients: New treatments are critically needed for patients with advanced prostate cancer. Dr. Lang and team will conduct a clinical trial to test whether targeting TROP-2 with a drug-carrying antibody has promise for the treatment of prostate cancer patients and develop biomarkers that can be used to select patients who will benefit from this treatment.

Chad Mirkin, PhD

2017 Movember Foundation PCF Challenge Award ($1 Million)

Principal Investigators: Chad Mirkin, PhD (Northwestern University)

Co-Investigators: Bin Zhang, MD, PhD (Northwestern University), Timothy Kuzel, MD (Northwestern University), William Catalona, MD (Northwestern University), Andrew Lee, PhD (Northwestern University)

Project Title: Spherical Nucleic Acids as Therapeutic Vaccines for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer


What this means to patients: Therapies that effectively stimulate a persons immune system to attack and kill tumor cells are highly promising but still underdeveloped in prostate cancer. Dr. Mirkin and team will develop and test a novel nanoparticle-based therapeutic prostate cancer vaccine in preclinical models, which may lead to a new immunotherapy for prostate cancer.

Ana Aparicio, MD

2017 Movember Foundation PCF Challenge Award ($1 Million)

Principal Investigators: Ana Aparicio, MD (The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center), Nicholas Navin, PhD (The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center), Theocharis Panaretakis, PhD (The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center), Peter Kuhn, PhD (University of Southern California)

Co-Investigators: Brian Chapin, MD (The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center), James Hicks, PhD (University of Southern California), Patricia Troncoso, MD (The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center)

Project Title: Impact of Local Therapy on Outcomes of Men with De Novo Metastatic Prostate Cancer within Molecularly Defined Subsets


What this means to patients: Some men who have metastatic prostate cancer at the time of diagnosis may benefit from treatment of the primary tumor in addition to standard systemic therapy. Dr. Aparicio and team will develop biomarkers that can be used to identify which of these patients will benefit from treatment of the primary prostate tumor. These data will be used to guide planned phase III clinical trials and may lead to a new standard of care for these patients.

Nupam Mahajan, PhD

2017 Movember Foundation PCF Challenge Award ($1 Million)

Principal Investigators: Nupam Mahajan, PhD (Washington University), Felix Feng, MD (University of California, San Francisco)

Co-Investigators: Jonathan Chou, MD (University of California, San Francisco), Kiran Mahajan, PhD (H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center), Rajdeep Das, MBBS, PhD (University of California, San Francisco), Eric Small, MD (University of California, San Francisco), Amrita Basu, PhD (H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center)

Project Title: Targeting Androgen Receptor and ACK1 Signaling with Novel Epigenetic Therapeutics in Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer.


What this means to patients: New treatment strategies are needed for patients with hormone therapy-resistant prostate cancer. Dr. Mahajan and team will develop and optimize novel inhibitors of ACK1, a molecular pathway that regulates the androgen receptor, in preclinical studies. This may lead to a new prostate cancer treatment that is able to overcome resistance to AR-targeted therapies.

Howard Scher, MD

2017 PCF Challenge Award ($1 Million)

Award Donor: Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Principal Investigators: Howard Scher, MD (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Mary-Ellen Taplin, MD (Harvard: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)

Co-Investigators: Wassim Abida, MD, PhD (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Anuradha Gopalan, MD (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Glenn Heller, PhD (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Maika Mitchell, PhD (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Nikolaus Schultz, PhD (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Steven Balk, MD, PhD (Harvard: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), Atish Choudhury, MD, PhD (Harvard: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), Eliezer Van Allen, MD (Harvard: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), Adam Kibel, MD (Harvard: Brigham and Womens Hospital), Huihui Ye, MD, MSc (Harvard: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), Rosina Lis, MD (Harvard: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), Wai Yi Tsui, MD, PhD (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Michaela Bowden, PhD (Harvard: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), Min Yuen Teo, MD (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)

Project Title: Curing Lethal Non-Castrate Prostate Cancer: Integrative Molecular Analysis for Mechanisms of Exceptional Response, Resistance and Recurrence


What this means to patients: There is currently no curative treatment for men who are diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer or those who relapse after treatment for primary prostate cancer. This team will test whether an intense, multimodal treatment strategy can be curative in these patients, and establish biomarkers for identifying the patients who should receive this treatment.

Scott Tagawa, MD

2017 PCF Challenge Award ($1 Million)

Award Donor: Stein Erik Hagen

Principal Investigators: Scott Tagawa, MD (Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian), Neil Bander, MD (Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian), Shankar Vallabhajosula, PhD (Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian)

Co-Investigators: John Babich, PhD (Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian), Karla Ballman, PhD (Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian), Himisha Beltran, MD (Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian), Yuliya Jhanwar, MD (Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian), Oliver Sartor, MD (Tulane University), Lauren Harshman, MD (Harvard: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), Johannes Czernin, MD (University of California, Los Angeles), Sacha Gnjatic, MD (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital), Francesca Khani, MD (Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian)

Project Title: Optimization of Prostate-Specific Membrane Antigen-Targeted Radiation


What this means to patients: Recent studies have suggested that PSMA-targeted radiation therapy may be highly effective in men with advanced prostate cancer, however controlled clinical trials have not yet been conducted for these agents. This team will test several PSMA-targeted radiation therapies in clinical trials and optimize the use of these powerful new treatments for prostate cancer.

Shahneen Sandhu, MBBS

2017 PCF Challenge Award ($1 Million)

Award Donor: Stein Erik Hagen

Principal Investigators: Shahneen Sandhu, MBBS (University of Melbourne), Rodney Hicks, MD, MBBS (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre), Michael Hofman, MBBS (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre), Scott Williams, MD, MBBS (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre), Carleen Cullinane, PhD, ScD (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre), John Violet, MBBS, PhD (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre), Paul Neeson, PhD, ScD (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre)

Co-Investigators: David Goode, PhD, ScD (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre), Lisa Horvath, MBBS, PhD (Chris OBrien Lifehouse), Anthony Joshua, MBBS, PhD (St Vincents Hospital, Kinghorn Cancer Centre), Carmel Pezaro, MBBS, (Monash University), Luc Furic, PhD, ScD (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre)

Project Title: Harnessing Synergies between 177Lutate Therapy and Olaparib to Improve Clinical Outcome of Men with Metastatic Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer.


What this means to patients: Combining targeted radiation therapy with agents that prevent the repair of damaged DNA may be highly effective in the treatment of cancer. This team will conduct clinical trials to test the efficacy of combining a prostate cancer-targeting radiation therapy, 177Lu-PSMA, with the PARP-inhibitor olaparib, in advanced prostate cancer patients, and will identify mechanisms of action and biomarkers that can be used to select patients most likely to benefit from this treatment.

Johannes Czernin, MD

2017 PCF Challenge Award ($1 Million)

Award Donor: Stein Erik Hagen

Principal Investigators: Johannes Czernin, MD (University of California, Los Angeles), Caius Radu, MD (University of California, Los Angeles)

Co-Investigators: Robert Reiter, MD (University of California, Los Angeles), Matthew Rettig, MD (University of California, Los Angeles), Nicholas Nickols, MD, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles)

Project Title: Elucidating mechanisms of effectiveness and resistance to Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen (PSMA) targeted Radioligand Therapy (RLT) using 177Lu-PSMA-617


What this means to patients: Cases reports have suggested that new PSMA-targeted radiation therapies such as 177Lu-PSMA-617 have much promise for the treatment of prostate cancer. This team will conduct a clinical trial testing 177Lu-PSMA-617 in advanced prostate cancer patients, and will identify possible mechanisms of treatment resistance and potential therapeutic targets for combination treatments that may improve patient outcomes.

Isla Garraway, MD, PhD

2017 PCF VALOR Challenge Award ($1 Million)

Award Donors: Richard Merkin, Todd Boehly

Principal Investigators: Isla Garraway, MD, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles), Beatrice Knudsen, MD, PhD (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center), Peter Kuhn, PhD (University of Southern California)


Matthew Rettig, MD (University of California, Los Angeles), Nicholas Nickols, MD, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles), Stephen Freedland, MD (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center), James Hicks, PhD (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), Sungyong You, PhD (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center), Arkadiusz Gertych, PhD (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center), Michael Lewis, MD (Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare System), Jeremy Shelton, MD (University of California, Los Angeles)

Project Title: Multiplatform Profiling of Lethal Prostate Cancer in the Veterans Affairs Population


What this means to patients: Increasing our understanding of the biology of metastatic prostate cancer will improve prostate cancer staging, prognosis and treatment. This team will profile mutations and genes expressed in prostate cancer samples from US Veterans throughout the course of clinical treatment to identify mechanisms and biomarkers of prostate cancer metastasis and treatment resistance.

Jeffrey Jones, MD, MSc

2017 PCF VALOR Challenge Award ($1 Million)

Award Donors: Peter Grauer, Robert Citrone

Principal Investigators: Jeffrey Jones, MD, MSc (Baylor College of Medicine and Michael E. DeBakey Veteran Affairs Medical Center), Michael Ittmann, MD (Baylor College of Medicine and Michael E. DeBakey Veteran Affairs Medical Center)

Co-Investigators: Rao Mandalapu, MD (Baylor College of Medicine), Arun Sreekumar, PhD (Baylor College of Medicine), Nancy Weigel, PhD (Baylor College of Medicine), Nora Navone, PhD (University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center), Curtis Pettaway, MD (University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center), Cheryl Walker, PhD (Baylor College of Medicine), Aihua Ed Yen, MD (Baylor College of Medicine), Nicholas Mitsiades, MD (Baylor College of Medicine), Cristian Coarfa, PhD (Baylor College of Medicine), Nagireddy Putluri, PhD (Baylor College of Medicine), Zhandong Liu, PhD (Baylor College of Medicine)

Project Title: Clinicopathological Correlation and Molecular Signature Identification and Risk Stratification of Prostate Cancer in African-American U.S. Veterans, With and Without Exposure to Battlefield Chemicals


What this means to patients: Factors such as race and chemical exposures can affect risk for prostate cancer and need to be better understood in order to improve prevention and treatment strategies. This team will study prostate cancer samples from US Veterans to better understand the biology of prostate cancer in African-American men and to elucidate the effects of exposure to battlefield chemicals such as Agent Orange on the development and progression of prostate cancer.

Amina Zoubeidi, PhD

2017 PCF Challenge Award ($1 Million)

Award Donors: Igor Tulchinsky, Milken Family Foundation

Principal Investigators: Amina Zoubeidi, PhD (Vancouver Prostate Centre; Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute; University of British Columbia), Himisha Beltran, MD (Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian)

Co-Investigators: Robert Young, PhD (Simon Fraser University), Ravi Munuganti, PhD (University of British Columbia)

Project Title: Targeting BRN2 in Neuroendocrine Prostate Cancer


What this means to patients: Neuroendocrine prostate cancer (NEPC) is an aggressive and lethal subtype of prostate cancer that does not respond to hormonal therapy. This team will develop clinical trial-ready inhibitors of BRN2, a driver of NEPC, which may become a new treatment option for these patients.

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Groundbreaking project seeks to bring dead back to life …

Posted: September 22, 2018 at 1:44 am

A U.S. biotech company has been given the green light to begin recruiting 20 brain-dead patients to test if parts of their central nervous systems can be regenerated literally raising them from the dead.

The company, Bioquark Inc., plans to inject a cocktail of stem cells and peptides into the brains of the patients over a six-week period to see if it can jump-start their functions.

Philadelphia-based Bioquark asks on its website: What if your body came with a restart button?

Finding that button is the essence of the firms research.

The company describes its mission as a life sciences company developing proprietary biological products for both the regeneration and repair of human organs and tissues. The companys core program is focused on the development of novel combinatorial biologics capable of directly remodeling diseased, damaged, or aged tissues, creating micro-environments that induce efficient and controllable regeneration and repair.

The company says it is capable of creating dynamics in mature tissues that are normally only seen during human fetal development, as well as during limb and organ regeneration in organisms like amphibians.

WND reported in January on the growing promise of anti-aging or gene therapy science, a technology known as CRISPR/Cas9, which seeks to deliver immortality to human beings. Some of the worlds richest men are investing billions in this research including Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, Ray Kurzwell of Google, Oracle founder Larry Ellison, venture capitalist Paul Glenn and Russian multi-millionaire Omitry Itskov.

Besides injecting the brain with stem cells and peptides, scientists at Bioquark say they will use lasers and nerve stimulation therapies thathave been shown to bring people out of comas.

The 20 human patients will have been declared clinically dead due to a traumatic brain injury but kept alive on ventilators and other life support, the Telegraph reported.

They will be watched closely for about six months using brain imaging equipment that looks for signs of regeneration of the upper spinal cord, which is the lowest part of the region of the brain and controls independent breathing and heartbeat.

Military also on quest to transcend humanity

Assistant Secretary of Defense Stephen Welby testified before the Senate recently saying the U.S. is at a pivotal moment in history with regard to military research, and the DoDs DARPA unit now has 39,000 scientists and engineers working in military labs across 22 states trying to harness the latest technological advances for military application.

Christian author and filmmaker Tom Horn says scientists are redefining what it means to be human, with the goal of transcending humanity.

Right here in North Carolina at your university, they have what is called a transgenic lab, which means they have mice that have human genetic material, for testing to see if the human parts in that animal are responding, he told TV host Sid Roth in a recent interview.

Using the CRISPR gene-editing technique, one university lab cured cancer in a group of rats, but the unintended consequences were that the rats started aging very quickly and died at half-life, and nobody knows why that happened, Horn said. There is a danger in playing God because youre not God and you dont know.

But its one thing to experiment on animals and another to experiment on humans.

Searching for the restart button

The scientists at Bioquark believe the brain stem cells may be able to erase their history and restart life based on their surrounding tissue, the Telegraph reported.

Bioquark CEO Dr. Ira Pastor told the British newspaper that this represents the first trial of its kind and another step toward the eventual reversal of death in our lifetime.

The ReAnima Project has just been approved by a review board at the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. and in India, and the team plans to start recruiting patients immediately.

The first stage will take place at Anupam Hospital in India.

Horn has been researching and writing about transhumanism and mans drive to achieve immortality for 20 years. His documentary, Inhuman, recently won a Silver Telly Award.

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He said the Bioquark projects focus on brain-stem death paints a picture reminiscent of Robin Cooks Coma, where brain-dead patients are kept alive for later organ harvests.

Are they really dead?

The Telegraph article points out that while someone who is brain dead loses many life functions, their bodies are still able to circulate blood, digest food, excrete waste, balance hormones, grow, sexually mature, heal wounds, spike a fever, and gestate and deliver a baby, raising the question, Are they really dead?

One wonders if these alive/yet not alive humans would be considered legally sentient,’ Horn says. While the possibilities offer hope to families whose loved ones have suffered brain trauma leading to death, it is rife with ethical and medical ambiguities.

Horn said advances in recent years have pushed the boundaries of biotech to the place where scientists now stand at the precipice of revitalizing long-dead extinct species such as the Wooly Mammoth and Cave Lions through cloning.

So it is not a stretch of the imagination that persons technically certified as deceased, yet still on life support, could be within range of somehow reawakening the neurons or electrical pulses of their brain associated with soul, mind, or identity,’ he said.

Recently a frozen rabbit brain was brought back to life in near perfect condition in what was heralded as a major cryonics breakthrough.

But does a rabbit have a soul? Or does it have a soul but not an eternal spirit?

Horn says this is where the ethical dilemmas come into play.

These are the questions philosophers and theologians have debated since the dawn of time, but in the Bible only mankind is described as having Gods breath breathed into them at the moment of their creation, Horn said. For conservative Christians, this should be a major point of debate regarding the ethics of bringing people back from the dead.

Could a person be returned alive, yet without that God-part that makes them in the image of their creator?

What would they then be? Horn asks. Would they be fully human?

Are they a living construct no longer suitable as a fit-extension of the Holy Spirit? Or would they be fine and the miraculous science that brought them back to life celebrated by all believers? These were the type difficult questions we sought to answer in the documentary Inhuman.’

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Carl Gallups, a Christian pastor, radio host and author of several books including Be Thou Prepared and Final Warning, said this field of research holds much promise for legitimate medical advancements especially for neurological injuries. But, taken too far, it becomes fraught with moral and ethical questions.

The haves and have nots

If perfected, Gallups asks, will the ability to be brought back from the dead be available for everyone or just an elite few?

Imagine if a Saddam Hussein, Hitler, Stalin or ISIS leaders could live forever.

What entity or governmental power will make the decisions concerning who gets their death reversed and who must die? Gallups asks.

Many will ask if this is not simply the ultimate step in mans attempt to play God deciding who will continue to live and who will not.

There is going to be a divide between people who can afford that type of technology and those who cannot, Horn says. But that bothers me much less than the divide that is coming when we start talking about war fighters.

The Jasons, described by the New York Times as one of the most elite boards of scientists in the world that offers advisory services to the Pentagon, has named super soldier technology as the next big arms race.

The truth is, the defense departments of all countries would love to have the best soldier on the planet, says Sharon Gilbert, the science adviser for SkyWatch TV. And if rumors start going around that, hey, Chinas got an artificial intelligence that theyre blending with humans and theyre starting to put chips in their soldiers and theyre giving them wolf DNA or Hawk DNA so they can run really fast and see really well and be really vicious and never have to sleep well, we better do that, too.

Its the same with the new gene-editing CRISPR technology, Gilbert added.

Scientists are being told, The other countries are doing it. Theyre not going to stop just because we are not doing it, so we have to get there, first.’

One of the global elites most oft-stated concerns is overpopulation.

If they are so concerned with the planets current population explosion, and continually speak of the need for a culling of the inhabitants of the earth what in the world would happen if everyone currently alive could live forever? Gallups asks. The questions are myriad, and the answers to most of them are rather disturbing.

The scientists and journalists reporting on this emerging technology are giddy with the possibilities.

Not only do they speak of living forever, but also of erasing history, reversing death and restarting life, Gallups notes.

What does the Bible say?

But serious students of the Bible know that all of these concepts are spoken of in the ancient texts.

The entire Gospel is founded on the understanding that Jesus Himself reversed death and arose from the grave,’ Gallups said.

And while Christ Himself offered eternal life, saying, You too shall live forever, Gallups said most of the scientists and technology gurus arent interested in an eternity spent in heaven.

We are told in Revelation 21:5 and in Isaiah 65:17 that the mind of the child of God will eventually be made entirely new and that the old things will not come to mind anymore,’ he said.

When I read the scientific journal articles and examine carefully what many of the researchers are actually saying regarding the exploration of these possibilities, I am reminded of that famous line from the 1931 movie Frankenstein. Dr. Henry Frankenstein, upon the creation of his monster exclaims, Oh, in the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to be God!

This has been mans desire since the Garden of Eden it was the very first seduction Satan presented to Eve: You will be like God. I cant help but believe, in spite of the wonderful potential some of this technology could hold, that somehow Satan is not once again in the mix.

Gilbert says, Its possible that we are looking at a modern-day cautionary tale. Victor Frankenstein used a collection of ambiguous chemicals and a spark of electricity to restore animation to dead flesh, but todays scientists invoke the modern terms stem cells, peptides and lasers in the hopes of restoring life where medicine says none now exists.

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Pharmacogenomics –

Posted: September 21, 2018 at 4:43 am

General Description, Overview, and Opportunities

Pharmacogenomics has increasingly become an area of interest to clinicians because of the potential to tailor pharmacotherapy based on genetic variations in patients. Pharmacogenomics is one of the key aspects of personalized medicine, focusing on how an individual’s DNA affects the way they respond to medications. All individuals have different genetic make-up so they respond differently to the same medication. Based on this insight, pharmacogenomics allows customized treatment for a wide range of health problems including; cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS, and asthma. Often, drug choice and dosage require experimentation (trial and error) in order to find the best treatment option. With pharmacogenomics testing, the need for this experimentation is decreased. As a result, the process becomes faster and more cost-effective and the possibility of adverse events caused by the wrong drug choice or dosage is significantly reduced.

One avenue for implementing pharmacogenomic is through medication therapy management (MTM), where pharmacists assess and evaluate a patient’s complete medication therapy regimen. By gathering key pieces of information, e.g. which medications and supplements a patient is currently taking, pharmacists can assess current treatment and suggest alternative therapies.

As medication experts and POC service providers, pharmacists can educate physicians and patients and perform the actual sample collection to be utilized for genetic testing. The broad application of pharmacogenomics to personalized medicine will improve patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs.

Test Features

Pharmacies require a lab partner to provide clinically relevant data and interpret results for physicians. Most tests screens all well-established pharmacogenomics genes in a single, cost-effective test. Results are delivered quickly via intuitive, clinically relevant, medically actionable report. The data provides lifetime utility of data, thereby decreasing the need for future testing.

Community pharmacists routinely perform point of care services and can assist patients by:

Performing a buccal swab in minutes

Send the collected DNA to the lab

Interpret results and discuss with physicians

Contact the patient to explain the results and any changes in therapy


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Resveratrol Effectiveness, Safety, and Drug Interactions on …

Posted: September 20, 2018 at 2:44 am

Are there any interactions with medications?Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 1A1 (CYP1A1) substrates)Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.

Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Resveratrol might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. In theory, taking resveratrol along with some medications that are broken down by the liver may increase the effects and side effects of some medications.

Some medications changed by the liver include chlorzoxazone, theophylline, and bufuralol.

Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Resveratrol might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. In theory, taking resveratrol along with some medications that are broken down by the liver may increase the effects and side effects of some medications.

Some medications changed by the liver include clozapine (Clozaril), cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), fluvoxamine (Luvox), haloperidol (Haldol), imipramine (Tofranil), mexiletine (Mexitil), olanzapine (Zyprexa), pentazocine (Talwin), propranolol (Inderal), tacrine (Cognex), zileuton (Zyflo), zolmitriptan (Zomig), and others.

Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Resveratrol might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. In theory, taking resveratrol along with some medications that are broken down by the liver may increase the effects and side effects of some medications.

Some medications changed by the liver include theophylline, omeprazole, clozapine, progesterone, lansoprazole, flutamide, oxaliplatin, erlotinib, and caffeine.

Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Resveratrol might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. In theory, taking resveratrol along with some medications that are broken down by the liver may increase the effects and side effects of some medications.

Some medications changed by the liver include amitriptyline (Elavil), carisoprodol (Soma), citalopram (Celexa), diazepam (Valium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec), phenytoin (Dilantin), warfarin, and many others.

Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Resveratrol might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. In theory, taking resveratrol along with some medications that are broken down by the liver may increase the effects and side effects of some medications.

Some medications changed by the liver include acetaminophen, chlorzoxazone (Parafon Forte), ethanol, theophylline, and anesthetics such as enflurane (Ethrane), halothane (Fluothane), isoflurane (Forane), methoxyflurane (Penthrane).

Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Resveratrol might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. In theory, taking resveratrol along with some medications that are broken down by the liver may increase the effects and side effects of some medications. However, some early research shows conflicting results.

Some medications changed by the liver include some calcium channel blockers (diltiazem, nicardipine, verapamil), chemotherapeutic agents (etoposide, paclitaxel, vinblastine, vincristine, vindesine), antifungals (ketoconazole, itraconazole), glucocorticoids, alfentanil (Alfenta), cisapride (Propulsid), fentanyl (Sublimaze), lidocaine (Xylocaine), losartan (Cozaar), fexofenadine (Allegra), midazolam (Versed), and otherslovastatin (Mevacor), ketoconazole (Nizoral), itraconazole (Sporanox), fexofenadine (Allegra), triazolam (Halcion), and many others.

Resveratrol might slow blood clotting. Taking resveratrol along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.



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Biotechnology Careers At-a-Glance

The United States leads the pack in biotech revenue, market capitalization, and the number of public biotech companies, according to a 2015 report by Ernst & Young Global Limited. In 2007, three biotechnology companies made more than one billion dollars; by the end of 2014, that number had grown to 26, and there is no end in sight to the massive growth. Biotechnology careers can be found mainly in pharmaceutical companies including Gilead Sciences, Celgene, Biogen, and Regeneron, all companies named by Forbes among the top 10 biotech companies in the country.

People who choose biotech careers have several areas of specialization to choose from. A few options include working as an epidemiologist, microbiologist, biochemist, botany specialist, agricultural and food scientist or biomedical engineer. Graduates might wind up working in a laboratory, creating new seed lines, or in a vast field, testing new soil compositions. They might work to clone animals, develop new pharmaceutical drugs, create a bionic pancreas and so much more. No matter what the career path, it all begins with rigorous study and earning a biotechnology degree.

As with all statistics, salary numbers can be deceiving. There are two reasons why the numbers below should be taken into context.

First, biotechnology careers typically require a bachelors degree for entry, but the field is filled with people who also hold masters and doctoral degrees. For instance, 45 percent of the biomedical engineers who responded to an O*NET survey said a bachelors degree was sufficient; thirty-five percent needed a masters degree and a further 20 percent needed a doctorate. Those with advanced degrees typically have higher earning potential, which partially explains how some biomedical engineers can earn around $50,000 per year while others are clearing $140,000.

Second, there are multiple employers of the scientists listed below. Some of the most prominent are universities, which typically pay less than companies engaged in applied research. Companies make profits, which can be shared with employees; universities do not.

Working in the biotechnology field starts with the proper education. Though there are numerous pathways to the various professions, some steps to success are universal. Heres how to get there.


Begin with the right classes

Those interested in biotechnology careers can begin their journey by taking several biology or chemistry electives while in high school. Students should also look into pursuing courses that provide both high school and college credit, such as advanced placement.


Start with the bachelors degree

Once high school is over, its time to move into college and earn a bachelors degree in biology, biotechnology (if offered) or a closely related field. Though there are associate degrees in biology that will form a firm foundation for the bachelors, most entry-level positions in biotechnology will require at least a bachelors degree.


Get experience

Learning about the job and getting hands-on training in the field can look great on a resume, as well as provide students an opportunity to decide what area of biotechnology interests them the most. Some students choose internships during their college years, while others seek out part-time or full-time work with biotech companies or labs.


Pursue graduate studies

In many cases, biotechnology careers will require a graduate degree for advancement. Depending upon the chosen career path, students might need to embark on their masters degree or end up with a PhD in order to do the work they really want to do.


Stay up-to-date

Technology is always changing, growing and shifting. Some fields of biotechnology are moving so fast that they can literally change by the week. Thats why it is so important to stay up-to-date by subscribing to industry publications, becoming active in industry associations, keeping in touch with network contacts, and otherwise staying on top of what is happening in the field.


Seek out new opportunities in the field

Biotechnology careers offers quite a bit of overlap; for instance, a soil and plant scientist might choose to eventually work as an agricultural and food scientist, and their education might support both paths. Seeking out new opportunities to expand on a current profession is one of the perks of working in the field, and can lead to exciting possibilities.

Those who are interested in biotechnology will discover a dizzying array of possibilities for degrees; anything from the certificate to the PhD can be helpful during the career pursuit. In addition, many biotech degrees easily adapt to online study for students who dont have the ability to attend traditional classes. Heres an overview of which degrees might be more advantageous for certain situations.

I am excited to begin work in biotechnology. I need something that will allow me to get my foot in the door while giving me a strong foundation for graduate work.

I have been working in the field for years, but there are some points that I need to brush up on times have definitely changed these last few years, and Im ready to change with it. But leaving my job to go back to school is simply not an option, as finances would be too tight.

I already have my bachelors degree, but none of my classes focused on the high-level biology I need to know in order to move into the biotech field. I need to get a bit more education while I gain experience.

I definitely want to go into biotech but I have no idea where to begin. I want to test the waters a bit and leave my options open for changing my degree path when I find what I really want to do

I grew up on a farm and love working with animals. I want to be an animal scientist, so I can help make their lives better. Its a journey that will take some serious time and effort, but Im ready for the challenge.

Ive been working in the field for a while, but promotions and pay raises seem rather elusive one manager pointed out that my educational level is holding me back. Its time to remedy that problem.

Choosing the best biotechnology degrees can be tough, as there are so many options out there. However, the desired career path often provides clues to which degree might be best, as well as which level of educational attainment is expected. Heres what students can expect to learn from each.

There are two types of biotechnology certificate programs: Those that are designed for students who have completed their graduate studies and now need more specialized training, or those who have earned their bachelors degree but didnt get all the recommended courses to move into a biotech career. The latter scenario often applies to those who have earned their bachelors in another field but have now chosen a career change to the biotechnology field.

Most certificate programs take a year or less to complete, and are very focused on the particular educational path, with little to no general education courses. Some of the common courses in a certificate program include:

This course helps students understand structural organic chemistry, chemical thermodynamics, acid base chemistry, and reaction mechanisms.

Understanding of Lewis structures

Strategic use of reaction mechanisms

Knowledge of biological molecules and how they form and interact

Students will explore the ethical issues in biotechnology, including real-world case studies and current events in the field.

Applying philosophical theories to critical current issues

Conducting human experimentation in a compassionate and ethical manner

Ethical practices regarding animal testing

This class focuses on the regulatory approval process for drugs, foods, cosmetics and more.

Proper compliance with regulatory rules

Legal implications in regulatory issues

Ethical considerations when bring a new product to market

The associate degree in biotechnology prepares students to eventually move into the bachelors degree program. Though there are some employers who will accept students who have only the associate degree, many entry-level jobs do require the four-year education. The associate degree requires four years of study to complete, though some accelerated programs might allow completion in as little as 18 months. Some common courses found in the associate in biotech program include:

This course serves as an important overview for those who are interested in the biotech field, including a look at career options.

Use of safe laboratory procedures

Understanding the variety of potential careers and how they relate to each other

Applying the basics of biotech to day-to-day life

Students will learn quality assurance principles and how they relate to the biotech fields.

Understanding the differences in regulated and non-regulated work environments

Quality system usage, including Lean and Six Sigma

Theoretical views of quality assurance as applied to real-world events

Focuses on computational biology and bioinformatics as it relates to processes and end results.

Methods for high-volume data collection

Storing and accessing biological data

Use of common programs and algorithms to analyze data

For most careers in biotechnology including that of biomedical engineer, food scientist, microbiologist, plant and soil scientist, and agricultural engineer, among others a bachelors degree is required for entry-level work. The bachelors degree typically takes four years to complete and offers some opportunities for specialization through the use of electives under the biotechnology umbrella. Some classes that students can expect to take include:

Students explore the current research in biological science and analyze it according to biotechnology principles.

Critical analysis of current research

Use of scientific reasoning to make evaluative decisions

Understanding core biological concepts

Focus on the structure and function of cells, with an emphasis on eukaryotic cell biology.

Use molecular biology knowledge to draw research conclusions

Understand DNA replication and repair

The applications of genetic engineering

An in-depth look at safety procedures and proper management of laboratory spaces.

Management of personnel, space, inventory and equipment

Proper communications with stakeholders

Compliance with all safety and health regulations

The masters in biotechnology degree allows students to enhance their knowledge through a specialized curriculum. The masters in biotech is made up of a few core courses, which are then enhanced by electives that focus on the particular educational path a student wants to carve out for themselves. The masters degree takes two to three years to complete, depending upon the program. Many programs are available online, as schools recognize the need for a flexible schedule for those who are already working in the field.

Some courses that can be found at the masters level include:

Focuses on all the aspects of project management, such as working in teams, managing time, structuring projects and more.

Consideration of each phase of a project

Communicating with a wide variety of people involved in a project

Monitoring and controlling change

Students will learn the ins and outs of federal funding and regulations, writing grant proposals, and other sources of funding for research and development.

Students will study how to apply a comprehensive validation philosophy to new ventures in biotech.

Creating equipment or processes that are less prone to failure

Designing robust yet cost-effective projects

Creating validation documents in line with rules and regulations

The doctorate is the pinnacle of the biotechnology field, and offers students quite broad autonomy when choosing an original research project and focus of study. Those who intend to work with in-depth research or move into teaching will need to earn the PhD. Some professions require it, such as that of animal scientist or biophysicist. The doctoral program usually takes between three and four years to complete, though some schools allow up to eight years for completion of the dissertation. Some courses that might be found at the PhD level include:

Students will explore cutting-edge research areas and instruments, with a rotation that takes them through biomedical and biotechnology areas.

Familiarity with the latest technologies

Refresher on how to use instruments that considered out-of-date but might be advantageous for some projects

How to balance research between different laboratories and get the same results using different systems

Students will examine upper-level biotechnology or bio-engineering problems through the lens of equations and statistics.

High-level mathematics literacy

Advanced numerical methods

Refresher on statistical analysis

Students will engage in discussions with leaders in the field on current events and ethical issues that arise from the use of technology in the biological field.

Proper development of biological products

Conducting ethical biomedical research

Marketing and transparency in presenting new biotechnologies to the public

The U.S. biotech industry grew by just about every measure in 2014, according to Ernst and Youngs 2015 industry report. Revenue was up 29 percent, net income increased 293 percent and there were 164 more biotech companies than during the previous year. All of this meant one thing for jobs: There were a lot more of them. The industry added over 10,000 new jobs in 2014, which equates to a staggering 10 percent annual growth rate. Of course, not all of these jobs were for scientists and researchers many were for support staff one might find in any industry. Jobs specific to biotechnology involving research and development and manufacturing are outlined below.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) combines three related careers under the heading of agricultural and food scientist: animal scientist, food scientist and technologist, and soil and plant scientist. Although all have the ultimate task of improving farm productivity, they accomplish this in different ways. Each are discussed separately here.

Many people dont think of farming as being sophisticated. Seeds are planted, crops are watered, and eventually food is harvested. But it is an extraordinarily advanced field, and the largest farms are essentially food factories. Engineers are involved in research and development as well as manufacturing. They might oversee water supply and usage, design comfortable areas for the animals, and create machines that can efficiently harvest crops with minimal food loss. Agricultural engineers spend their time both in offices designing systems and on farms testing and applying those systems.

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