Last week in my Lifespan in Sociology class at USC we discussed the topic of regenerative medicine. There were many fascinating discussions brought up about the future of aging and healing.
Regenerative medicine is an all inclusive term that refers to the strategies and therapeutic techniques that intend to repair or replace human tissue that was damaged either by an accident or by a disease.
The aim of regenerative medicine is to use the biological processes that already exist in the body to help the body repair itself. One of the current projects is known as the Salamander Project due to the salamander's ability to regrow a limb that has been cut off.
This field shows some promising results for the future of healing, check out the TED TALK below to learn more about this field.
Alan Russell has a strong case for our ability to recreate ourselves at any age...
There is some controversy in this field as well, since some scientists believe that if this type of science continues to develop, human lifespans may become decades longer... this may sound wonderful, but it spurs many ethical issues for the health of our species.
What are your thoughts on the possibility of an immortal life?