ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Living Textbook: The Ethics of Using Science to Slow or Halt Human Aging
Sept. 10, 2018
Life extension — using science to slow or halt human aging so that people live far longer than they do naturally — may one day be possible.
Big business is taking this possibility seriously. In 2013, Google founded a company called Calico to develop life extension methods, and Silicon Valley billionaires Jeff Bezos and Peter Thiel have invested in Unity Biotechnology, which has a market cap of $700 million. Unity Biotechnology focuses mainly on preventing age-related diseases, but its research could lead to methods for slowing or preventing aging itself.
From the perspective of John K. Davis, professor of philosophy, this poses two ethical questions. First, is extended life good? Second, could extending life harm others?
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