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Covid19's Impact on Research


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#1 bosharpe

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Posted 16 March 2020 - 11:08 PM

Can anybody shed light or want to speculate about how the pandemic might push back longevity research?


It seems it's seriously burdening our world eccomony right now. 

#2 kurdishfella

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 12:09 PM

I think it could help they could accidentally come across something or discover new things, is that not how most things are found anyway. 

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#3 Daniel Cooper

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 09:16 PM

The potential positive outcome I see is that people are going to see how fast regulatory agencies can move when they really want to.


I expect we'll see a covid-19 vaccine approved within the next 12 months.  The normal time to get a vaccine approved by the FDA in the US is ~12 years.  We're getting very little value for all that extra time and money and we're keeping valuable treatments off the market and people are suffering shorter and lower quality lives for it.


We desperately need to reduce the technological "cycle time" in medicine - the time from when a new breakthrough is conceived till when it actually available to the public.  These decade long cycle times are putting a cap on how fast medical technology can advance which is felt across all medical areas - including longevity research.



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#4 Decimus

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 03:18 PM

One unfortunate fallout from this will be a financial slowdown in investment in the anti-aging space.  You’re not going to see wealthy entrepreneurs or investment funds taking risk on aging companies when their portfolios are down 30%.  There will also be a slowdown in financial support for aging research for the same reason. 


I suspect if this is mostly over by summer the net effects will be minimal though and it won’t leave massive generational “investment scars” like the 2008 financial crisis did on certain demographic groups.  

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 08:37 AM

historically technology hasn t been affected by wars or pandemics if you agree with doctor Tyson the best thing for technology is war the first computer was invented to win a war ,nuclear energy was invented to win a war 

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