March 26, 2010

USA: "To Age Or Not To Age" for International Festival in Paris on March 29

. Reflections on the Status Quo by Robert Kane Pappas. LOS ANGELES, California / Los Angeles Gerontology Research Group / March 26, 2010 Dr. L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Founder of GRG has sent this report he received from David Kekich : Robert Pappas’ new film, To Age or Not to Age, tracks the pioneers in the field of anti-aging research at Harvard, MIT, and Cambridge and other research centres. These scientists open up to him and offer lucid commentary on this extraordinary story of discovery. Their names may soon be as well known as Watson & Crick Einstein or Pasteur; for the moment let’s just mention Cynthia Kenyon, David Sinclair, and Leonard Guarente. (They’re already being tipped as a future Nobel trifecta.) Pappas speaks to them and all the other leading figures in the field, including Aubrey de Grey from Cambridge – a theoretician once considered a lone gull of OxCam eccentricity – who now finds his ideas about living a 1000 years or living forever gaining respectability. The paradigm shift is that aging and death are not the absolutes we once thought they were. Important breakthroughs in cell biology and our understanding of genetic hierarchies suggest that the body can be stimulated to slow down the aging process in an elegant and simple way. It all comes down to keeping our cellular repair mechanisms in working order. That this can be done no longer seems in doubt. The only real question nowadays is “For how long?” The Human condition, as we know it, is up for grabs – as extended life (and fertility) remap all our notions about human development, success and freedom. The overall effect of this well-paced documentary is mesmerizing – the sense of being on the verge of something big enough to be both magnificent in its benefits and horrifying in its abuses is both skillfully and thoughtfully conveyed. To Age or Not to Age is the most comprehensive and comprehensible treatment to date about a scientific breakthrough that is sure to profoundly affect all our lives in the very near future. Imagine a 120-year-old living like today’s 60 year-olds. Possible? Yes, according to the scientists in Robert Kane Pappas' new documentary TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE. Is aging still mandatory? Release Date: 2010 Genre: Documentary Studio: Sag Harbor Basement Pictures Website: http://www.toageornottoage.com Directed By: Robert Kane Pappas Produced By: Miriam Foley and Joseph Zock Plot Outline: Robert Pappas’ new film, To Age or Not to Age, tracks the pioneers in the field of anti-aging research at Harvard, MIT, and Cambridge and other research centres. These scientists open up to him and offer lucid commentary on this extraordinary story of discovery. Their names may soon be as well known as Watson & Crick Einstein or Pasteur; for the moment let’s just mention Cynthia Kenyon, David Sinclair, and Leonard Guarente. (They’re already being tipped as a future Nobel trifecta.) Pappas speaks to them and all the other leading figures in the field, including Aubrey de Grey from Cambridge – a theoretician once considered a lone gull of OxCam eccentricity – who now finds his ideas about living a 1000 years or living forever gaining respectability. The paradigm shift is that aging and death are not the absolutes we once thought they were. Important breakthroughs in cell biology and our understanding of genetic hierarchies suggest that the body can be stimulated to slow down the aging process in an elegant and simple way. It all comes down to keeping our cellular repair mechanisms in working order. That this can be done no longer seems in doubt. The only real question nowadays is “For how long?” The Human condition, as we know it, is up for grabs – as extended life (and fertility) remap all our notions about human development, success and freedom. The overall effect of this well-paced documentary is mesmerizing – the sense of being on the verge of something big enough to be both magnificent in its benefits and horrifying in its abuses is both skillfully and thoughtfully conveyed. To Age or Not to Age is the most comprehensive and comprehensible treatment to date about a scientific breakthrough that is sure to profoundly affect all our lives in the very near future. [rc] Seniors World Chronicle Editor's Note Copyright of news and illustrations property of Producers and Owners of To Age Or Not To Age