RFD: sci.bio.life-extension

Brian Manning Delaney bmdelane at midway.uchicago.edu
Thu Jan 28 23:48:53 EST 1993

This is a formal Request for Discussion regarding the establishment of
an unmoderated sci.bio.life-extension newsgroup.

<> Purpose of the Newsgroup.

The newsgroup would be primarily for the discussion of techniques of
slowing, stopping, and reversing the aging process, from a practical
as well as theoretical standpoint. This includes, as
life-extensionists say, "adding life to years as well as years to
life;" i.e., we'll discuss not just techniques of "extending" what in
some cases might be a state of already senescent decrepitude, but also
ways of restoring and maintaining youth. In addition, the social
consequences of increased human lifespan may be discussed. (The name
of the group implies no stance on the merits of the book, "Life
Extension," by Pearson and Shaw.)

<> Rationale.

This topic has received increasing attention in recent years as
research gerontologists have begun to understand the biological
mechanisms of aging. As interest in this topic has grown, so has
discussion on the Net. The discussion has been scattered across a
variety of newsgroups, including bionet.molbio.aging, sci.cryonics,
sci.med.nutrition, and alt.psychoactives. None of these newsgroups is
appropriate to a broad discussion of life-extension. The "bionet"
groups are theoretical only, and most sites don't carry them.
Sci.cryonics specializes in only one technique of life extension.
Sci.med.nutrition and alt.psychoactives allow only the limited
discussion of life-extension that falls within the spheres of
nutrition and psychoactive drugs, respectively, and the emphasis of
each is not on life-extension *per se*. A new group would consolidate
the discussion, and would provide a more appropriate forum for the
more general issues related to longevity, which do not fall under the
purview of any current newsgroup.

<> Note

All discussion should be posted to news.groups.

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