May 29, 2001    





Would you except "genetic therapies" or DNA treatments to extend your life by 100 years?

Hmmm... well, I'm not completely sure, but I don't think I would. It just seems weird to me... I mean, would this be offered to only myself, or to everyone around me? It would be really creepy to outlive all of your family and friends.

Jeremy, 14
Highlands Ranch

i would never do that because who would want to live an extra 100 years? you'd have to see all of your friends and family die.

Becky, 16

no way-nor would i actually want my life extended for that much longer.

Angela, 16
Bella Vista

Sure, what the hell. If I don't like it I can always kill myself.

Alias Irrelevante

Who knows? Science and technology are so amazing; there are so many things we haven't discovered, and it would be totally shortsighted and naive to deny any possibilities.

Katie, 25
, FL   USA

nope. I would probably get really bored and frustrated... from both a  religious and biological viewpoint, humans are only designed to live a certain number of years. Imagine the increase in population! Imagine the possible pain of being 100 years older!

Johanna, 18

Who would say no to that? Of course I would.

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills

wow... good question! Yeah I probably would, as long as there were no side effects. It would be an amazing thing to watch another whole century go by.

Dianne, 16
Oshawa, Ontario CANADA

Ugh, no. Unless my best friend did it too.

Karen, 21

No. And the research is pretty clear that genetic therapy will not extend life anywhere close to 100 years.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA

No, it is inhuman!

Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

Would I accept them? Yes, if they extended not only the length but the quality of life.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

No I would not want to use that method to extend my life by 100 years as all my family and frriends would be gone and I would be a very lonely person.

Marci, 56

No!! Who wants to live another 100 years?!? But if it slowed aging, I might consider it.

Tiny, 21
, TX   USA

I don't know enough about it.

Fisch, 45
, CT   USA

I would have to know more before I said "yes" or "no". I love life and would like to live longer but not if it meant I would have to be 'old'  witharthritis for more years. It would be fine if all those extra years came while I was in my 30s.

Reba, 51
, MD   USA

Possibly. I would want to enjoy a century of good health with sufficient money for a little gracious living. I'd need a lot more information before deciding yea or nay.

Jill, 60

No. What could you possibly do when you're that old? Sit in a wheelchair and drool all over yourself? No thanks.

Jennifer, 19

I'm not absolutely certain I'd WANT to live 100 more years. Besides, if everybody got to live that long, Earth would be so messed up it would be a lot less fun. As for the specifics of HOW I got to live that long.....that method doesn't appeal to me much at all. I don't want to cheat.

Firelady, 23
, TX   USA

(You mean accept, right?)

Probably not. It doesn't eliminate the risk of being killed in an accident, and if I die of natural causes in my old age, I'll have lived long enough. If I were terminally ill, I'd probably want to extend my life as much as possible - but not by 100 years.

etoile, 20

If they were to prevent me from becoming unbearably frail and useless, I might consider it. Otherwise, definitely not.

Firelady, 23
, TX   USA

It would be hard to say.  If it meant I could remain in decent physical health and of sound mind, most likely I would.

Felicia, 35
Lowell, MA  USA

yeah sure, I would't want to die unless I was in extreme pain or suffering from total boredem. In fact that would be great, like you were living on bonus time.


If it included a life where I was able to walk and do simple things using the restroom by myself and enjoy life, then sure. I would want to see what the world will be like in 100 years. If you think of what the world was like in 1900, there have been alot of changes.

Stephanie, 25

I take this to be an "expect" and, well... I think for example in 100 years we'll change the genes of semen and ovum to create children in a customized manner... and I think illnesses like cancer and other malformations will be cured, as will be things like crippled limbs on newborn children, or so... howeve,r it will not have much of an effect against normall sicknesses created by virusses or bacteria, I think.

Holger, 21

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