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Oxford Debate: A Cure for Ageing? - Aubrey de Grey versus Richard Faragher


Part I: Common Ground

Part II: Dr Aubrey de Grey

Part III: Prof. Richard Faragher

An evening of discussion and debate hosted by the Oxford University Society of Biomedical Sciences at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford.

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Scientists have discovered numerous ways to produce significant extensions in the lifespan of various species - what about humans?

DR AUBREY DE GREY contends that senior scientists in the field of ageing have distorted the relationship between ageing and disease and that his research strategies will lead to the rapid development of rejuvenation therapies to combat ageing.

PROF. RICHARD FARAGHER disputes these contentions and believes de Grey is damaging the credibility of the field by conflating his futuristic visions with the practical research strategies of the mainstream.

Which of them is right? Are both of them wrong? Regardless, both agree that research on ageing is grossly underfunded and key to a healthy future. Could a cure for ageing be on the horizon?

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Music Credits

Composed by Michael Montes

Kindly made available by TED


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The Oxford University Society of Biomedical Sciences (OUSBMS) is a non-profit organisation enriching lives and minds in the world of the biomedical sciences.​