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Big Tech and the quest for eternal youth

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The anti-ageing industry is bankrolled by some of the wealthiest people on Earth, including Jeff Bezos and Peter Thiel. Are the scientists it employs close to a cure? And if they are, who wants to live forever anyway? Jenny Kleeman meets the entrepreneurs who say that a 120th birthday is within reach, and critics who argue that life extension is the pinnacle of elite narcissism.


Written by Jenny Kleeman and read by Emma Haslett.


Read the text version here. It was first published on the New Statesman website on 13 October 2021, and in the magazine on 15 October 2021.


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