Can We Defeat Aging With Medicine?

With Hard Work and New Technology, It's Possible

Aging is bad for you. Whether you call it a disease, not a disease, a set of disease precursors, or some other variation on the theme, it is a medical condition, and thus a legitimate target – in principle – for medical intervention.

But is it a practical target? Medicine generally targets individual problems – a particular strain of virus, for example, or damage to a particular area of flesh. Aging seems like a huge number of progressive, chronic diseases all interacting with each other. Might such complexity be beyond the …