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Human Lives Might Be Long Enough Already

Humanity has added three decades to people’s life spans in the past 150 years. Science is only beginning to catch up.
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Updated on June 26 at 12:06 p.m. ET.

In the mid-19th century, people in the developed world entered into a Faustian bargain with the aging process. In exchange for life expectancies gaining an additional 30 years in the space of only a few generations, billions of people had to find out what it was like to be elderly.

In 2019, more people than ever before get to see their grandkids grow

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