Last Updated: 23 April 2015
Biologically our bodies are able to live 120 years. And that lifespan appears to be dependent upon many factors including our environment, culture and lifestyle.
Many now believe a 120 year life span average is not so impossible to achieve because of scientific advancements in emerging medical, genomic, and micro-Nano processing technologies. I know this all sounds like Sci-Fi to many of you, but I assure you this emerging technology is real and occurring at warp speed
One only need to make a comparison from the early 1800’s to see that the average life span increased from ~37 to 47 years of age by the end of the 19th century. And by the mid-1950’s one could expect to live an average life span of 68 years. Today, that average has now reached 79 years of age. Simply by viewing a window of time (~200 years) our average life span has increased 225%, or 44 additional years. And to be fair, most of that 225% increase occurred during the mid-20th century due to the quickening advancement of science. In order to achieve an average 100-120 year life span for a major portion of our population, something other than lifestyle, environment and conventional medical practices needs to change.
Today the likelihood of living to the age of 120 years is reserved for a few. Yes, there are recorded individuals that lived 122 years. And unrecorded and/or uncertified ages from birth records or hometown claims of older ages before death. Now the 120 year lifespan may be possible for a majority rather than reserved for a few. So let’s take a look at a couple of the anti-aging experiments going on today. And in doing so we can better understand how one could live a super centurion lifestyle in good health due to advancements in multi-science disciplines. In this light also grasp the ideal how a safe anti-aging treatment could soon be available to live well beyond 100 years of age in good health. Could diet be part of the anti-aging solution? Let’s examine this notion.
Recent studies show us in the rhesus monkey experiment at the University of Wisconsin, restricted diets slow down the bodies aging process. Although it is not understood exactly what mechanisms cause this, these studies show restricted calories simultaneously slow down the progression of disease as we age. So what do scientists take away from animal studies like this? By reducing your daily intake 20-30% “but not starvation dieting” It is said the CR (Calorie Restricted) diet could allow a human being to live maybe 135 to 140 years. Members of the Delaney’s group (Brian Delany is the president of Calorie Restriction Society) generally consumes fewer than 2000 calories a day. However, it is also acknowledged by other restricted diet practitioners, it is not practical for a majority of population to endure a CR diet in hopes of achieving a 135-140 age result.
Also, in San Francisco there was a gene altering experiment on microscopic worms where their average life span is 13 days. Professor Cynthia Kenyon was able to increase some of their life spans by 6 times, simply by altering one specific gene and where the worms live a healthy productive life throughout the duration. This validates the genes that cause us to age “are not fixed.” And where the aging gene can be slowed down considerably through various genome treatments yet to be discovered.
The answers to fountain of youth solutions are being studied through a new millennial set of eyes. And these new age scientists believe it is now possible to extend human life by hundreds of years, not just decades or a century! So let’s look into their thought process and vision of how 100 or 200 years additional life span could naturally progress to reality within our lifetime. The method to this madness is fueled by emerging sciences and technology.
What if science could genetically “turn-off” the feeling of hunger without the subject feeling any sense of starvation? It could be accomplished simply by swallowing a nanobot pill that could switch on-off a DNA-gene string sequence that tells the brain 2000 calories of food per day is enough subsistence. Would this be of value to someone that is challenged with diabetes, overweight condition and/or other ill-health complexities due to obesity, or food obsessions, etc.? Or how about a pill that was able to target a diseased gene string, recode and repair its DNA sequence. In essence remove or short circuit a bad switch to cure disease, curve appetite and extend life!
Let’s take a closer examination of bio-genome discipline and you’ll soon realize it’s not quackery, it’s a revolutionary medical science. A science that makes it possible to turn on-off gene switches that can reset wellbeing, remove disease and extend life. But in order to fully appreciate this potential I must define, relate and apply my understanding of these disciplines through analogies in order to express this revolutionary and life altering potential. And in some instances make some presumptions to wrap up my conclusions.
There are approximately 30,000 genes that influence our growth and development throughout our lifecycle. Now imagine how many combinations of DNA genetic code sequences could be made out of all of these genes that influence our metabolism and immune systems for example. And your 30,000 gene combinations are completely different and unique than any other individual. That means no two people could ever have the same DNA gene code string sequences within a chromosome nucleus. However, we all have 23 pairs of chromosomes that make up human attributes and sequenced in the same order of decreasing size. So at the 100,000 foot ceiling we can identify chromosome and some cellular genetic structures connected to a limited number of abnormalities. It’s what we’ll soon see at ground level that’s revolutionary.
A good analogy in which to relate to chromosomes and DNA gene code sequences follows.
Our chromosomes are aligned in order like a library of encyclopedia books. That is, we can determine when a book is missing in our chromosome library. When a chromosome book in the library is out of order it is easy to identify that missing or out of place book. However DNA genetic code strings bound onto a chromosomes nucleus is much harder to decode and reverse cellular mutation.
This is where understanding of genetics gets way more complicated.
Next we’ll define the emerging science of genomics. A genome is the sum total of all of an individual organism’s genes. And these genes reside within the structure of “any” animal’s chromosome cell’s nucleus, where there are threadlike linear strands of DNA circled and bound to associated cell proteins. Humans have the same 46 types of chromosomes in number and order with the exception when it comes to sex determination. That is, the 23rd pair of chromosomes is different. XX chromosome (female) and the distinctive XY chromosome (male).
Our unique genetic code resides within each chromosome [book]. And the DNA gene strings within each cells chromosomes are uniquely color coded with the genetic transcription of both parents. Therefore our genetic code sequence reads more like a story or words used within a books chapters and as unique as a finger print, or snow flake. No two people could ever have the same DNA coded story.
Now imagine a super-tiny micro bio-factory that could be introduced into the blood or immune circulatory system, target, re-code and reset aging or diseased chromosome gene code sequences. Just like updating a sentence within a books chapter. Recall, no two people have the same chapter stories. However we do have the same book titles. It’s the individual story that reads wrong and hopefully made to read right and reverse disease and slow down aging.
Genomics has advanced greatly over the last decade and better known as Genome Technology. The Genome Technology Branch (GTB) is a specialized group of research scientists that have developed world-class scientific control standards in innovative technology studies on gene isolation. This science allows gene isolation research to occur on a segment of a chromosome DNA molecule that codes and sequences, to include computational analysis of chromosome protein and linear DNA sequencing, etc. It is known through these studies that the color coding of our genes occupy certain space on a DNA gene string and on any one of 23 pairs of chromosomes in nearly every cell of our body. A blood sample is now the most common method to determine a biological DNA match. The same confirmation of genetic match can be found within the saliva, other bio-fluids, skin, hair and exoskeleton.
If the chromosomes are the books that make up our library, then once opened the words and sentences are like the 30,000 gene combinations of off-on switches that influence our unique growth, development and disease risk. Now you can better understand how gene sequencing at the molecular level has unique DNA code per individual and why illness and disease (cancer) can challenging to treat with todays limited medical technologies.
One day science will be able to target a genetic defect(s) within a singular chromosome DNA string to cure cancer without second guessing treatment alternatives. And this will be accomplished by re-sequencing (and/or) turn on/off DNA gene strand connections as treatment protocol. And the pathogen cure will “likely” be accomplished through a bio-nanobot-factory processor that targets DNA defects within a chromosomes nucleus.
What is a nanobot and how does it relate to these “super tiny” processor bio-factories better known as Nano robotics.
Nanobot is a “new conceptual” nanoscale “organic like” robot (0.1 – 10 micrometers with ~1.5 nanometer switches). Its factory platform functions like a biochemical-medical repair center who’s processing size and speeds far exceed current computer processing technology. For example, our computer processers function in micro seconds (1 millionth of a second) on relative processor scale and platform. Where we’re heading in genome science is a super charged Nano-robotic processing time (1 billionth of a second) on a biochemical-compatible sized organic switching relay platform.
In the future these tiny bio-repair factories will be ideal to inject or consume as medicine that targets and makes the necessary cellular repairs. But we’re still too big to operate on a Nano-processing platform and don’t have a working prototype yet. However, the micro-processing scalability already exists and it just a matter of time before Nano processing technology becomes available for medical genome treatment. As micro and Nano-processing technologies merge and advance, so does the microbiology and genomic mapping coordination and identify chromosome nucleus defects and recode a target site.
Using computer processer technology to advance genome science is possible because our body’s cellular structures function a lot like a computer processor. And our electrical-chemical cells of the body is like a software code that makes electrical switches when chemical reactions occur. Therefore it is more likely than not this technology at some point will be able to extend life, cure cancer and where Western medicine as we know it becomes dated and obsolete.
It is possible within our lifetime we’d visit a medical doctor and be injected or swallow a pill that contains super-tiny organic bio-processor factories that circulate throughout the blood stream and make necessary repairs, cure disease and slow down the aging process. Although many of you will shrug your shoulders and think this is impossible, not in my lifetime, or morally unthinkable. These objectives and goals is emerging at an accelerated rate.
Regardless of how you feel about the science and the morality of it; anti-aging and advanced medical science are emerging industries I’d literally take stock in.
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Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2015 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.