Ep. 22 - The Science of Life Extension with Oliver Medvedik

 
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Oliver Medvedik, co-founder of both the Genspace citizen science laboratory in Brooklyn and the Life Extension Advocacy Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to promote the advancement of biomedical technologies to increase healthy human lifespan. Oliver is a molecular biologist with a Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School, and in addition to his work on life extension, Oliver is the Director of the Biomedical Engineering Center at The Cooper Union.

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Show Notes

  • How Oliver got into life extension science [1:32]

  • The story behind LEAF & lifespan.io [4:37]

  • Why life extension? [10:27]

  • Results from lifespan.io funded research [15:22]

  • Kurzgeszagt videos & outreach [19:40]

  • The Genspace Story [21:01]

  • DNA privacy concerns [22:55]

  • What is Biohacking? [27:27]

  • (Perceived) Risks of DIYbio labs [28:19]

  • The FDA & aging as a disease [34:11]

  • Lifestyle changes Oliver has made [39:22]

  • The promise of CRISPR [46:22]

  • Technological vs Biological Augmentation [51:10]

  • Senolytics & the future of longevity science [53:11]

Mentioned

Dr. David Sinclair, Harvard Medical School
Genspace
Keith Comito
Apneet Jolly
SENS Research Foundation
Aubrey de Grey
Kevin Kelly, The Underpopulation Bomb
Judith Campisi
Kurzgesagt collaborations
Why Age? Should We End Aging Forever?
 - How to Cure Aging – During Your Lifetime?
Heather Dewey-Hagborg - Stranger Visions
Chelsea Manning
Ellen Jorgensen - TED talk
Dr. Nir Barzilai, TAME Trial
Nicotinamide Mononucleotide (NMN) - Amazon link
MitoQ Antioxidant Supplement - Amazon link
Turmeric Anti-Inflammatory - Amazon link
Jennifer Doudna/CRISPR

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