Can I Live To Be 125?

If you don't, your children may, thanks to scientists looking for longevity genes. But who will want to live that long?

Walking and talking get more difficult for my mother every day, and when I phoned to tell her the headline of this story, there was a long pause before she found the words to reply: "I don't recommend it."

At 75, she is fighting one of the innumerable syndromes that elderly flesh is heir to. For reasons that no neurologist can explain, many of her brain cells are filling with debris called Lewy bodies. Her symptoms resemble those of Alzheimer's, and like Alzheimer's, the condition is sometimes genetic.

Do we have to grow old so sadly? Before we go, do we...

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