According to Factor Tech, some serious players are now behind what was once considered a fringe theory: ending ageing. Reportedly, the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University and Harvard University will be working collaboratively in order to "accelerate the pace of discovery in developing interventions to delay, prevent or treat these conditions as a group, instead of one at a time." If gene editing has to play a role in this process, researchers have already found a way to "boost the efficiency with which CRISPR-Cas9 cuts and disables genes up to fivefold."
“In addition to the direct health issues, it has been calculated that care for the elderly currently accounts for 43% of the total healthcare spending in the US, or approximately $1 trillion a year, and this number is expected to rise as baby boomers reach retirement age, ” explained Dr Felipe Sierra, a Geroscience Network member from the National Institute on Aging.
“Reducing these costs is critical for the survival of society as we know it, and a 2013 paper by Dana Goldman and colleagues calculated that a modest increase in lifespan and healthspan (2.2 years) could reduce those expenses by $7 trillion by 2050.”
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