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Immortality

Eliminating all the aging-related11 causes of death presently written on death certificates would still not make humans immortal.12 Accidents, homicides, suicide and the biological processes of aging would continue to take their toll. The prospect of humans living forever is as unlikely today as it has always been, and discussions of such an impossible scenario have no place in a scientific discourse.


11Carnes BA, Olshansky SJ. A Biologically Motivated Partitioning of Mortality. Exp Gerontol. 1997;32:615-631.

12Hayflick L. How and why we age. Exp Gerontol. 1998;33:639-653.


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