Why do we even think that it ought to be possible to develop drugs to delay or repair aging? What makes this project look tractable?
“It comes as the result of a genuine understanding of disease mechanisms, and when it becomes available, it is relatively inexpensive, relatively simple, and relatively easy to deliver...Offhand, I cannot think of any important human disease where medicine possesses the capacity to prevent or cure outright where the cost of the technology is itself a major problem.”
At $42 per DAY, our preliminary estimate for the cost-effectiveness of aging research makes it solidly competitive with even the best cost-effectiveness numbers for developing-world charities.
Age-related diseases, in total, cause about a third of all disability and the majority of all deaths worldwide.
Why might you want to look for technological or scientific solutions, specifically? Because those are the easy ones to implement. Political solutions are hard. Coordinating lots of people to cooperate on a problem is important work, but it’s usually very slow and very collaborative. If you’re lucky and clever, you won’t have to do that; a new innovation, developed by a small group, can very quickly make a substantial dent in the problem.