This week we turn back the clock to re-print an interview with one Aubrey de Grey. But dusting off this decade-plus chat is fine, because if de Grey is correct, some day his work on aging might give us plenty more years of life.
Kilian Melloy reviews media, conducts interviews, and writes commentary for EDGE, where he also serves as Assistant Arts Editor.
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