• Question: Can we be genetically advanced so that we could be immortal?

    Asked by codfissh to Judith, Gemma, Ed on 15 Jan 2019.
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      Judith Sleeman answered on 15 Jan 2019:

      Best never to say never in science, but I don’t think so. We don’t really understand what genetic characteristics make some people live longer than others and lifestyle is a huge factor. Ageing and cancers can be caused by environmental factors damaging DNA, and it’s very unlikely that there is a gene (or even a few genes) for immortality.

      Would you want to live forever?