Interesting story, but those who wish for eternal youth should consider the implications for society as a whole. I believe that life-extending technology will not be evenly or fairly distributed; no more than good health care or equal justice under the law is now. I can easily imagine a long-lived moneyed elite whose lifespans stretch well over a century ruling over a short-lived plebeian working class: A vampiric neo-aristocracy.
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Perhaps you’ve seen them on Dateline, or Good Morning America. Gabrielle Williams and Brooke Greenberg are girls who don’t seem to age at the same rate as the rest of us. Nine-year-old Williams weighs just 12 pounds and needs care like an infant does. By the time she was 16, Greenberg weighed 16 pounds, was 30 inches tall, still had baby teeth, and didn’t speak. She died last year, at age 20.
Now a new feature in the online magazine Mosaic takes a longer look at the Williams family… and at the scientific hypotheses about Gabby’s condition that have put them in the spotlight.