“When I was four I wanted to be a train engineer and I wanted to live forever.
Time Magazine said, 2045 is the year man will become immortal. I want to go in to longevity studies, in to the prevention, treatment and cure of age related disease: cancers, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, things like that, because you can look at aging in two ways. Well, you can look at treating aging in two ways: one, fixing the errors in metabolism, which we have no idea how to do; and treating the body as a machine, fixing parts like you would an old car.
Aubrey de Grey is the first guy to start treating aging as a disease that could actually be treated well and possibly be cured. J.D. Harman, who started the free radical theory of aging in the 1950’s that developed in to mitochondrial theory of aging—which is mostly the same thing as the free radical theory of aging except it focuses on damage in mitochondria. Before that we didn’t really know why we aged, I mean we had theories but it wasn’t really clear.
Your mom asks you when you’re little ‘Nash, what do you want to do?’ I said, well, I like to play trumpet and I like to read physics and I like to water ski and do lots of things, lots of varied activities. So I said that I want to provide myself with as long a life as possible. I knew that I wanted to live forever if I could because then I would be able to play the trumpet and eat and walk outside and water ski.
My plan is to be well versed in quantum mechanics so I can be a good organic chemist and a cosmologist. I still want to play trumpet and compose, but I would like to work at a pharmaceutical company primarily. Then I would like to start my own pharmaceutical company that specializes in medication for the cure, treatment and prevention of age related disease.”
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