The Ever-Living Animal

Outcome

A treatment for stopping the body’s aging process for at least one year. The treatment will likely be demonstrated on animals first, and will later be translated to human beings.

Why the Need?

By halting the aging process, even temporarily and in animal models only, a first proof of concept will be procured for the chance to stop aging in human beings. Additionally, the lessons obtained from stopping aging in animals will help provide a better understanding of the aging process in humans as well. Finally, the animals in which aging has been stopped could be used as new and more efficient models on which to test longevity drug candidates.

Stipulations for a Successful Breakthrough Solution

    The age-reversed animal should be as advanced as possible – up to the primate level The longer the aging process is halted for, the better
  • The animals must be experimented upon in an ethical and humane fashion as much as possible.

Promising Technologies for Solutions

There are many technologies and drug candidates that have the potential to achieve at least parts of this breakthrough. It also seems likely that genetic engineering will need to be used in order to produce the first ‘ever-living’ animal.

Expected year for proof of concept: 2030
Expected year for mass-scaling: 2040

Would this even be possible without an improvement in biomarkers?

Well, if you take a mouse, perform X on it, wait three years and it still lives, that probably means you’ve done something right. No need for aging biomarkers here.

Of course, if you want to be more scientifically rigorous here, and especially if you want to demonstrate the same kind of treatment on human beings, than you need to have a set of aging biomarkers, yes.

@Soroush, @stuartmaudsley, @Vatrak, @toga, what is your take on this potential breakthrough? Would it be enough of a breakthrough to achieve radical life extension? And is this something we might need an XPRIZE for, or will others work on it anyway?