Might immortality lead to extinction?

Discussion in 'Biology & Genetics' started by Dinosaur, Sep 3, 2018.

  1. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    If humans were immortal except for accidental death or disease, might it lead to extinctions? A very low birth rate might not make up for deaths due to accidents or disease.

    Unless the birth rate was very low, we would run out of resources or have sociological problems due to over crowding. Note that overcrowding tends to cause various problems.

    With a very low birth rate, lack of genetic variety might have adverse consequences.
     
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  3. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    I guess my previous response to this ddin't make it.

    It was, "Have you seen any elves recently?"

    Edit: Or did you start more than one thread?
     
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  5. gamelord Registered Senior Member

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    The solution would be, better condoms, or temporary, reversible sterilization.

    I think immortality is very possible. The main cause of aging is due to lower STEM cells, lower sex hormones, and DNA degradation.
    Hormones can be taken. STEM cell production can be increased. And gene therapy can repair and alter DNA.
     
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