ESSAYS ON SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

Intimations of Immortality

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Science  07 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5463, pp. 59
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5463.59

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When scientific advances lead to extended life spans, how will society plan population policies? Whether prolonging life is desirable or not, it is likely that expensive technologies will make life extension possible with far-reaching ethical and social consequences. Treating or preventing a whole range of diseases might have "immortality" as a side effect. Time-honored ethical principles will require radical rethinking before technological changes that prolong life outpace our vision of the future.

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