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Q: Oldest possible age ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Oldest possible age
Category: Science > Biology
Asked by: top19-ga
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Posted: 01 Nov 2006 09:25 PST
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What do scientists theorize is the oldest possible age a human could live?
Subject: Re: Oldest possible age
Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 02 Nov 2006 04:35 PST
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Hello top19,

There does not appear to be a consensus among scientists as to the
oldest possible age that a human could live.  To illustrate the stark
differences among scientists, here are two opposed views:

- Robert Mitchell, professor of biology at Penn State: "As far as
maximum lifespan goes, we suspect it's around 125 years. There's no
evidence that humans can live any longer than that."

"Time, longevity, and human aging"
The Pennsylvania State University

- "There is no scientific basis on which to estimate a fixed upper
limit. Whether 115 or 120 years, it is a legend created by scientists
who are quoting each other."

"'No limit' to human life span"
BBC News

For more about views on this subject, see:

"Indefinite lifespan"

"Engineered negligible senescence"

"Maximum life span

Please let me know if you need clarification of this answer.

- justaskscott

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