We dismissed animal experimentation as a pathway for this competition in the assumption that this would fail to capture the public’s imagination. There have been trials in animals, particularly mice. Even if teams achieved a true breakthrough, we are skeptical it would catalyze the sort of innovation an XPRIZE is meant to achieve.
However, it may be the case that age reversal in pets (cats or dogs) would capture the public’s imagination and legitimize the field of longevity - which is another goal of this competition. Especially if teams could test more cutting-edge innovations.
What do you think? Should we take another look at animal trials? Or keep our focus on humans?