Deborah Smith
The Age

October 18, 2011

THE first drugs that can slow the ageing process are likely to become available within five to 10 years, raising the prospect of people eventually living to 150 or more, researchers say.

Peter Smith, dean of medicine at the University of NSW, said a girl born today in Australia could reasonably expect to live to 100 already, due to advances in medicine, lifestyle and public health. In addition, new drugs to help the body repair itself were in the early stages of development, along with new stem cell therapies.

”I think there is real hope we can extend human life by some decades further,” Professor Smith said. Living to 150 may sound unnerving, but it would be ”great” if you were well until near the end, he said. ”The aim is not just to eke out extra existence, but to facilitate a longer healthy life,” he said.

”People aren’t going to want to retire at 65 and spend many, many decades sitting at home.”

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