For millennia, mankind has been looking for ways to extend human life. This has almost always proved to be a mirage – we just aren’t built to last much more than a hundred years. Of course, as with everything else, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs won’t take no for an answer – they really are trying to ‘disrupt death’.

The world expert on life extension is Dr Aubrey De Grey at the SENS institute in Mountain View, California – and Dr De Grey is no charlatan. He’s got millions of dollars of research money and has made loads of breakthroughs in understanding how and why we age. He thinks there’s no reason we can’t live to be a thousand years old. Of course, if Dr De Grey succeeds, that just opens a whole Pandora’s box of problems – what will life be like if no-one ever dies?

Find out more here:

http://www.ted.com/talks/aubreydegreysayswecanavoid_aging

http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2014/07/economist-explains-21

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2010/aug/01/aubrey-de-grey-ageing-research