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    Boorse, Dorothy L.

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    Anti-Aging: Radical Longevity, Environmental Impacts, and Christian Theology

    "Current biomedical research shows promise for prolonging human life spans. Responses to these possible technologies vary from extreme caution, to exuberance, to a futuristic vision of humanity transforming itself. Bioethicists express concerns about big social and individual costs...The possible effect on the environment is unknown. The biggest effect is likely to be on an increase in individual consumption of resources by a few and greater gaps between the rich and the poor. On a number of levels, radical longevity affects our view of self, humans in community, and our role in the natural world. I propose that prolonging human primary life span substantially is not a biblical mandate and is only appropriate when placed in the context of our role as humans and current environmental and social issues."
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    Edgar, Brian

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    A New Immortality?

    "An...intense scrutiny of theoanthropology (the theology of the human person) will be needed due to developments concerning the extension and then the ending of human life. This will come about because of the probability that we are soon to be presented with the prospect of medical technology, known as telomere therapy, which will enable human life to be extended by hundreds of years and perhaps indefinitely. This paper will focus on the theological implications for the understanding of immortality in the context of this possible development in the third millennium."
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    Post, Stephen G., Robert H. Binstock, and Maxwell J. Mehlmann

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    Anti-Aging Medicine and Science: An Arena of Conflict and Profound Societal Implications

    "An international group of more than 50 biogerontologists—scientists who conduct research on the biology of aging—have launched a war on a burgeoning anti-aging medicine movement. They seek to discredit what they regard as the pseudoscience of practitioners and entrepreneurs that purvey hormone injections, special mineral waters and other services and products purported to combat the effects of aging.Yet, an unintended consequence of the biogerontologists’campaign against anti-aging medicine is that they are diverting attention from the potentially radical societal implications of their own anti-aging efforts—implications that should be widely discussed in nations throughout the world."