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February 17, 2010

Katie Moisse, a reporter for Scientific American Magazine, attended the premiere of  TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre on February 11th.  In her article, Anti-aging talk: Getting old or just getting started?, published on February 13th, 2010, she notes,

 The very definition of aging was one of the documentary’s more intriguing topics. Do we get sick as we get old or vice versa? Do we wear out like old cars? The question resurfaced after the movie during a colorful panel discussion with the “George Washington of geriatric care” Robert Butler, M.I.T. scientist Leonard Guarente and the “Lady Gaga of longevity” (so-called because of his shocking ideas) Aubrey de Grey.

“Aging is an optional feature of life and it can be slowed,” says de Grey, chief science officer for the California-based SENS Foundation, claiming that the process is a product of evolutionary neglect more so than intent. De Grey’s anti-aging efforts combine gerontology with regenerative medicine to stop the process rather than extend life span. “Maintenance works,” he says. “That’s why we have 50-year-old VW Bugs driving around quite happily.”

Read the entire article here.

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