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Google in the works to help slow down the aging process

 

Talk about the fountain of youth; Google is now bent on extending human life.

Google opens up Calico, with an ambitious quest to stretch the human life span. The company will be run by the ex-CEO of biotechnology pioneer Genentech, Arthur Levinson. Levinson is also a chairperson at Apple and Genentech.

Google hasn’t stated exactly how much it intends to invest in the project but going by what CEO Larry Page indicated, not much. He says that it won’t be a major commitment, well, obviously since investors would probably rather see the company increase their profit as opposed to pursuing projects, which have a slim chance of returning anything.

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Google has undertaken projects of the same nature in the past, key among them the driverless car and Google Glasses.  Therefore, this shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. Well, Page and his counterpart Sergey Brin have always wanted to tackle some unnerving issues outside the net; this is just one of them.

Calico is hoped to find ways of slowing down the aging process, and some other diseases.

Page is reported to have stressed that what Calico is doing could be more beneficial, in the long run, than curing cancer. He argued that if you cure cancer you will probably only add about three years to the average human expectancy. “There are many, many tragic cases of cancer, and it’s very, very sad, but in the aggregate, it’s not as big an advance as you might think.”

Google had previously ventured into the health industry, in the form of Google Health, which was aimed to provide a global online medical record database. That time it didn’t bare any fruits and was eventually shelved in 2011. I guess they are hoping to get it right this time around.

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