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Engineering Immortality?

Friday, June 2, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST

Humans are living longer than ever before: In just a century, American life expectancy has gone from 47 to 79. Today’s scientists are growing hearts in the lab, creating organs with 3D bio-printers, and eliminating cells that shorten life. Will this new technology yield another dramatic increase in life expectancy? Join us for a unique and vibrant discussion that will reveal exciting work that may give birth to the first true millennial, and to debate the social, economic, and environmental ramifications of an immortal society.

This program is part of the Big Ideas Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.


Bill BlakemoreNews Correspondent

Bill Blakemore became a reporter for ABC News 46 years ago, covering a wide variety of stories. He spearheaded ABC’s coverage of global warming, traveling from the tropics to polar regions to report on its impacts, dangers, and possible remedies.

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Joseph J. FinsPhysician, Medical Ethicist

Joseph J. Fins is The E. William Davis, Jr. M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics and Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College where he is a tenured Professor of Medicine, Professor of Medical Ethics in Neurology and Professor of Health Care Policy and Research.

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James L. KirklandPhysician, Scientist

James L. Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging at Mayo Clinic and Noaber Foundation Professor of Aging Research. He is a Board-certified specialist in internal medicine, geriatrics, and endocrinology and metabolism.

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Jamie MetzlTechnology Futurist

Jamie Metzl is a leading futurist, geopolitical expert, science fiction novelist, and Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council. He was recently appointed to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on human genome editing.

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Doris TaylorRegenerative Scientist

Doris A. Taylor, Ph.D., FACC, FAHA is the Director, Regenerative Medicine Research, and Director, Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston.

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