World 3.0: Harvard scientist envisions lifespan without limits

Although we spend billions trying to stop aging, Harvard Medical School researcher David Sinclair has spent the past 20 years looking for ways to help people live longer, healthier lives. It was Sinclair’s research on resveratrol, a molecule found in grapes, that made headlines a decade ago when it showed promising results in keeping overfed mice as healthy as lean mice. Sinclair even chose to test resveratrol on himself, something he has been doing for the past 10 years, and he says he’s feeling fit and healthy.

Can we one day live to 150? I don’t see why not; it’s just a matter of when.

David Sinclair, Harvard Medical School researcher

Sinclair has taken his research even further. By prematurely aging mice, he is able to test new molecules on them in an attempt to return them to their younger, healthier state. He’s hopeful that the molecules will one day help prevent or delay diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s in humans.