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[Perspectives] The age of youth

Just how recent is our fascination with anti-ageing products and procedures? In 2009 the Academy of Medical Sciences published a report on how ageing research might be reinvigorated. Whilst generally putting forward an optimistic vision for the future impact of this research the Academy were also cautious to note that “it is important to emphasise the limitations of ageing research. Promises of substantial increases in lifespan, reversing ageing or even immortality are unlikely to be fulfilled in the foreseeable future, if at all”.