Live to be a thousand years old, says Cambridge scientist in an article in BBC News, 3 December 2004.
Geneticist Aubrey de Grey claims a project named Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence will be able to “repair all the types of molecular and cellular damage that happen to us over time.” De Grey is confident of his claim because some of the repair methods needed have already been developed and are undergoing clinical trials, and others are based on technologies that already exist but need to be applied to the problem of aging. Parts of the project should be working in mice within 10 years and it may only take another 10 to be working in humans. On the basis of these developments de Grey thinks the first person to live to be 1,000 may already be 60.
DeGrey concludes his article with these comments: “And finally some people are worried that it would mean playing God and going against nature. But it’s unnatural for us to accept the world as we find it. Ever since we invented fire and the wheel, we’ve been demonstrating both our ability and our inherent desire to fix things that we don’t like about ourselves and our environment. We would be going against that most fundamental aspect of what it is to be human if we decided that something so horrible as everyone getting frail and decrepit and dependent was something we should live with forever. If changing our world is playing God, it is just one more way in which God made us in His image”
Editorial Comment: If Cambridge scientists can believe they can make human beings live to be 1,000 they have no excuse for not believing that God enabled people to live for over 900 years as described in Genesis 5. When God first created the world, the environment and human bodies were perfect – nothing to damage our cells, no genetic defects. After man rebelled against his Creator, God cursed the ground and condemned all human beings to die. The fact that the early generations lived for so long is a tribute to how good the original creation was. The environment was further devastated at the time of Noah’s flood and human lifespan rapidly declined from the time of Noah to the time of Moses, who wrote: “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”(Psalm 90:10 KJV)
It is interesting that De Grey acknowledges mankind is made in the image of God, even if he gives no hint of not understanding the real reason for aging and death. His cellular repair methods may enable some people to have a healthier old age, and that is a good thing, but it will not solve the real problem – mankind dies because of sin, not because of any biological necessity. The ultimate solution to aging and death is to deal with the real cause of the problem – sin. Only Christ, the Creator, Judge and Saviour, Who had no sin, can do that. At Creation Research we would rather put our hope in living for eternity in the New Heavens and Earth, as promised by Christ, than living on this earth for a millennium as promised by a human scientist.
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