Should we live forever? Biological and Ethical Perspectives

Harmen Steenwijck, Vanitas stilleven, 1640

20 July 2016

As Seneca once said: »Why do we complain of Nature? She has shown herself kindly; life, if you know how to use it, is long.« But what if we could actually prolong our lives?

Stem cell research is inextricably linked to longevity and researchers all over the world use these cells to find treatments for some of today’s most intractable diseases. These include neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, metabolic disorders like diabetes, as well as acute conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. But in our age-old pursuit of longevity, changing concepts revolving around mortality and death, also demand attention. For example, at the cellular level, death is necessary for regeneration from stem cells, serving as a natural reminder of the importance of mortality. And, over the longer-term, also at the level of organisms, death is a prerequisite for new life.

The event will begin with three lectures given by international experts on biomedical research, the philosophy of longevity and medical ethics. These will be followed by an interdisciplinary discussion about the possibilities and implicit ideologies of research into ageing, death and longevity and their implications for today’s society.

Please register by 15 July 2016
via Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB): events@imb.de
or Academy of Sciences and Literature: veranstaltungen@ adwmainz.de

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