Immortality, Inc.: Renegade Science, Silicon Valley Billions, and the Quest to Live Forever

Immortality, Inc.: Renegade Science, Silicon Valley Billions, and the Quest to Live Forever

by Chip Walter


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This gripping narrative explores today's scientific pursuit of immortality, with exclusive visits inside Silicon Valley labs and interviews with the visionaries who believe we will soon crack into the aging process and cure death.

We live in an age when billionaires are betting their fortunes on laboratory advances to prove aging unnecessary and death a disease that can be cured. Researchers are delving into the mysteries of stem cells and the human genome, discovering what it means to grow old and how to keep those processes from happening. This isn't science fiction; it's real, it's serious, and it's on track to revolutionize our definitions of life and mortality.

In Immortality, Inc., veteran science journalist Chip Walter gains exclusive access to the champions of this radical cause, delivering a book that brings together for the first time the visions of molecular biologist and Apple chairman Arthur Levinson, genomics entrepreneur Craig Venter, futurist Ray Kurzweil, rejuvenation trailblazer Aubrey de Grey, and stem cell expert Robert Hariri. Along the way, Walter weaves in fascinating conversations about life, death, aging, and the future of the human race.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426219801
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 288,673
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

CHIP WALTER is a science journalist, filmmaker, and former CNN bureau chief whose books include Last Ape Standing and Thumbs, Toes, and Tears. His writing has appeared in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, and National Geographic, to which he contributed the January 2015 cover story "The First Artists." He has been interviewed on "All Things Considered" and Michio Kaku's "Science Fantastic."

Table of Contents

Prologue: Never Say Die 11

Part 1 Need

1 The Big Wait 23

2 Boomers, Breakthroughs, and Fountains of Youth 37

3 The Drive to Survive 43

4 Drool Cups and Name Tags 53

Part 2 Will

5 Calico 61

6 The Dinner 69

7 Levinson 79

8 Kurzweil 89

9 Venter 103

10 A Life Worth Living 109

Part 3 Resources

11 The Human Genome 115

12 The Acceleration of Acceleration 125

13 Life Everlasting 137

14 Don't F*ck Up 149

15 Cage Match 157

16 First Principles 161

17 Human Longevity, Inc. 171

Part 4 Success

18 Cheating Death 185

19 Methuselahs 191

20 The Stars Were Remarkable 201

21 Here Be Dragons 205

22 Everyone Has Seen the Ads 211

23 Wobbling Weebles 223

24 Revolutionizing Medicine 233

25 Super Cells 243

26 The Seed of the Singularity 251

27 The New Oracles 259

28 Would It All Work? 265

29 Plan A 273

30 Unbounding the Future 277

Epilogue: The End of the End 285

Acknowledgments 291

Notes 295

Selected Sources and Suggested Reading 303

Index 315

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