Kevin Dalby Reveals Why Within a Few Decades, Death May Happen Only by Accident

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In the past two decades, science has made enormous progress in identifying the causes of aging and disease. For the first time in history, the intriguing prospect of human beings living for centuries without disease seems possible. In this article, UT-Austin medicinal chemistry professor Kevin Dalby takes a closer look.

Humans are fascinated with the idea of overcoming death. While it may be the subject of science fiction books and movies, there is evidence to suggest that, in some ways, we may eventually be able to extend life significantly. Here are some of the areas that researchers are working on that include anti-aging aspects.


While it currently seems impossible to revive a dead person, dying of old age is a process, not an event. Even after the heart stops, many of the body’s tissues remain intact at the cellular level. The goal of cryonics is to stop the process of deterioration as quickly as possible after death. The hypothesis follows that future physicians will develop methods for repairing or replacing damaged tissues and even entire organs.

Stem Cells

Stem cell research promises to revolutionize the therapy of many diseases, including cardiac failure, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and spinal cord lesion. They are believed to play a crucial role in delaying the aging process.


Despite failures in clinical trials, the idea of purging the body of dying cells with anti-aging therapies continues to pique the interest of researchers focused on anti-aging solutions.

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About Kevin Dalby

Dr. Kevin Dalby is a professor of chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, currently working on cancer drug discovery.