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J Aging Stud. 2019 Sep;50:100800. doi: 10.1016/j.jaging.2019.100800. Epub 2019 Jul 19.

A matter of life and longer life.

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1
Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, United States of America. Electronic address: Kristin.Kostick@bcm.edu.
2
Health Law & Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX, United States of America.
3
Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, United States of America.

Abstract

While the major scientific discoveries that would extend the length and health of human lives are not yet here, the research that could create them is already underway. As prospects for a world in which extended and improved lives inches closer into reality, the discourse about what to consider as we move forward grows richer, with corporate executives, ideologues, scientists, theologians, ethicists, investigative journalists, and philosophers taking part in imagining and anticipating the rich array of humanity's possible futures. Drawing from in-depth interviews with key stakeholders (n = 22), we offer empirical insights into key values and beliefs animating the "longevity movement," including what constitutes an ideal human state, the imperative to intervene, and the role of individual liberty and concerns for equality. Emerging from these interviews are common concerns about reducing suffering, preserving diversity in visions of successful aging and how best to promote access to a future that may not remain hypothetical for long.

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