Reporter Gabriela Torres investigates the growing trend of high-tech, promising research and science and big money investments that could add decades to our lives in her BBC documentary, Forever Young.
Torres treks around the world to interview the top scientists and researchers exploring how to live healthier, longer lives. The aim is reduce, halt or reverse aging.
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One biotech business woman, Liz Parrish, is willing to put herself to the test. There have been successful trials involving gene therapy and telomeres — the protective tips of chromosones-lengthening the life of mice and delaying cancer but no human trials. She has become her own test subject and is working to offer the same treatment to others.
“The mission is to help people live a healthy and full life..there is no beauty in aging,” Parrish, CEO of BioViva Sciences. “It’s a crime against humanity not to find out.”
Torres discovered a festival promoting tech and science in the search of eternal youth. RAAD [Revolution Against Aging and Death] Fest, is an annual festival where scientists and researchers come to explore the latest advances in human longevity.
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Steve Horvath, a UCLA professor, is hot on the pursuit of learning how our internal clock of cell aging — the epigenetic clock — works in the hopes of combatting aging. The good news, Horvath says, is the clock is reversible…at least in principle. There could be a treatment or drug that could reverse or restore the cells.
In San Francisco, venture capitalists put millions and millions of investments into biology and aging. The aim is to combat aging and increase longevity. The science is leading to possible treatments that could extend human lives 10 to 20 years.
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