Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 3 October 2001
Life Extension--Our Salvation or Our Ruin?
Life extension could soon move from science fiction to reality. Is it the logical next step for biomedicine, or a genie best left in the bottle?
Abstract: Extending the human life-span will have far-reaching political and sociological implications and presents countless ethical conundrums. In an economy based on scarcity, who will receive life-extension treatment? Will treatments be considered therapeutic necessities or mere enhancements for those who can pay? Is life extension a social good or a luxury? Will it be acceptable for an individual to refuse life extension, or would that be akin to suicide? Some experts say we would be wise to consider these questions now, before life-extending therapies become a reality.
Science of Aging Knowledge Environment. ISSN 1539-6150