This may have already been discussed before, but I thought it is important to hear some fresh views.
If there was a treatment that lead to an indefinite lifespan, what form would it take? Weekly injections? Daily pills? A ‘one-off’ intervention?
I believe it would be a life-long process. Those who don’t do the ‘right’ things will not get the benefits. It would be a combination of interventional therapies such as those based on Synthetic Biology and nanotechnology (total worth, say 25%), as well as a suitable lifestyle (good diet etc, with additional daily Calorie Restriction Mimetics and other mimetics (worth 10%). Death-avoiding strategies such as safe lifestyle (safe sex, safe driving etc) would be worth perhaps another 5%. Other hitherto unknown therapies would account for another 10%. The other 50% would, I think, come from human integration with technology such as the Global Brain (see my ideas at http://hplusmagazine.com/2011/03/04/indefinite-lifespans-a-natural-consequence-of-the-global-brain/.
Note that my scenario does not give any value at all to antioxidants or other commonly available pills
What do you think?