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Can regenerative medicine defeat aging

November 15, 2010

Aging is bad for you. Whether you call it a disease, not a disease, a set of disease precursors, or some other variation on the theme, it is a medical condition, and thus a legitimate target—in principle—for medical intervention.

But is it a practical target? Medicine generally targets individual problems—a particular strain of virus, for example, or damage to a particular area of flesh. Aging seems like a huge number of progressive, chronic diseases all interacting with one another. Might such complexity be beyond the power of medicine—even medicine decades hence—to address?

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