A New Study Finds That “We Can’t Reverse Aging”
We all wish to live until eternity and look forever young with no wrinkles or physical deformities. In fact, some well-to-do people including celebrities go a step further to achieve this. As such, some undergo plastic surgery several times to look younger and attractive.
However, aging is inevitable and we cannot deceive Nature. The phenomenon has recently been confirmed by a high-powered research team. Sponsored by various governments, academics, and investors, the research sought to create a multibillion-dollar business around aging prevention and reversal.
Using artificial intelligence and genomics, scientists from 14 countries sought to develop ways to stop or reduce the aging process. But, after decades of research, they found that we cannot slow or reverse aging due to the biological build-up of the human system.
The team tested the “invariant rate of aging,” which states that a species has a fixed aging rate during adulthood. A contributor to the research, José Manuel Aburto from Oxford’s Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, says people are currently living much longer than before, thanks to the reduction in infant mortality. Nonetheless, altering aging is almost impossible due to the complexity of the body. The findings were after examining age-specific birth and death data from different continents spanning centuries.
Aburto said life expectancy was low in the historical population due to the high rate of infant mortalities at the time. However, as the social, environmental, and medical situations improved, such deaths have reduced drastically.
Over the years, there are unending debates on whether or not we can prolong human liveability. The UK government that seeks to take the lead in industries of the future has therefore included Artificial Intelligence and longevity into its four industrial grand challenges.