THE QUEST FOR ACCIDENT-LIMITED HEALTHSPANS
Robert A. Freitas Jr., J.D.
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The greatest advances in halting biological aging and prevent-
ing natural death are likely to come from the fields of bio-
technology and nanotechnology that is, from nanomedicine.
Nanomedicine is most simply and generally defined as the
preservation and improvement of human health, using molec-
ular tools and molecular knowledge of the human body .
Soon molecular tools of nanomedicine will include biologi-
cally active materials with well-defined nanoscale structures,
such as dendrimer-based organic devices and pharmaceuticals
based on fullerenes and organic nanotubes. We should also
see genetic therapies and tissue engineering becoming more
common in medical practice, which can contribute a little to
life extension at the oldest ages.