Longevity Drugs Mean the Rich Will Live Longer and the Poor Will Die Sooner

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Tue, Jul 22nd, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The growing inequality between the haves and have-nots is nothing new, but this gap may only widen as new costly longevity drugs make their way into the market. With the poor already living 12.2 years less than their rich counterparts, Aeon's Linda Marsa wants to know what happens when the rich "get two lives while the have-nots barely get one."

As novel compounds slow or even reverse ageing, the longevity divide could become a gulf as wide as the Grand Canyon. The wealthy will experience an accelerated increase in life expectancy and health, and everyone else will go in the opposite direction, says S Jay Olshansky, a longevity researcher and professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. ‘And as the technology advances, the gap will only grow.’

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