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Diving into the gene pool

Many societies around the world are aging in high numbers. Despite all the lying about age and the physical and cosmetic enhancements, the real ages are on record.

What’s more, medical science and its advances are at it again, filling the heads of seniors with the crazy – even scary – idea that many more of us living today could make it to 100 years.

According to U.S. federal health data, the number of Americans 100 and older is up by over 45 percent since the turn of the century.  So if you don’t mind bingo games and clown acts, think about it: 100 will become the new 90!

Longevity is a nice thing to contemplate rationally, as long as you still can contemplate rationally. But it can be done. Remember Adam was 112 when he had his first child. Nutritionists and theologians are still trying to figure out what was in that apple he ate.

Anyway, keep in mind that it wasn’t long ago when our stooped, asthmatic Victorian forbears were dying at around age 40. (And who could blame them when you have no indoor plumbing?) And what about Australopithecus? If he made it to 23, the pandemonium on the savanna would go on for weeks. So longevity is really our next evolutionary hurdle, enriching humankind and businesses selling kale.

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