I didn't buy that fifth of whiskey that you gave me, so I'm not quick to disagree
Courtesy of ruxxell , I may not have to have dentures when I finally get around to getting my teeth fixed. Stem cell research has lead to scientists figuring out a way to grow teeth! The cost is not expected to be more than the current cost for fixed dentures. Amazing. They expect to have the technology ready to test on humans within two years. This is really, really good news.
This raises an intereting question in my mind, however. If we can grow teeth, what else can we grow? Hearts? Lungs? Kidneys? Young skin to replace aging skin? Can you see where I'm going with this? With the exception of the brain for obvious reasons (unless we can learn how to do memory transfers), the eventual replacement of any body part my someday be possible. For years we have been extending to life of human beings, but now we may be able to also extend its quality. Barring dementia and other mental illness that develops occurs with aging, it may someday be possible to extend natural human life indefinitely. Heart going bad? Just grow a new one. Maybe even do it pre-emptively: re-grow a new heart every 20 years just to be safe. For us smokers, we can just replace one lung in an alternatingfashion every 10 years.
Strapped in the chair of the city's gas chamber. Why I'm here I can't quite remember.
So the question becomes, should we? Or an even deeper question, would you want to live until some freak accident killed you and not "natural" causes? Obviously there would be lots of other issues to consider like over-population vs. reproductive control vs. whether we can ever populate other planets other than this one: the future is certainly not static. But on the simple level of extending your life indefinitely, presuming a good quality of life could be maintained, would you want to? I've always stated I don't want to live to be more than 70, just because I don't want that poor quality of life that accompanies really old people. But if the quality of life could be raised and maintained to, say, somewhere in the current level of health and well-being of a 40-45 year old, well, hell yeah, sign me up.
There are few moments in rock and roll more satisfying than the bridge/outro in "Rocket Queen".
I see you standing, standing on your own
It's such a lonely place for you, for you to be
If you need a shoulder or if you need a friend
I'll be here standing until the bitter end
No one needs the sorrow
No one needs the pain
I hate to see you walking out there, out in the rain