January 6th, 2009 by Edward Miller

The Washington Post reported that Sanjay Gupta has been approached to be the new Surgeon General.

The notable thing about this pick is that he has spoken out about life extension research and the ultimate goal of biological immortality.

Could this mean we will see a shift of focus away from disease-specific cures and toward prevention and anti-aging research? Such a focus would be among the best long term investments we could possibly make. As that old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

150,000 people die per day. The economic and social consequences of this are enormous. If we can make even a little headway on this issue, it would be extraordinarily beneficial.

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3 Responses to “Sanjay Gupta, the first anti-aging Surgeon General?”

  1. I wonder how many people are born per day?

  2. While I find Dr. Gupta’s increase in visibility and status rather intriguing, I think we should keep in mind that the Surgeon General serves mainly as the nation’s public health scold. I doubt he would have much influence over actual policy.

  3. Well, he decided not to go through with it…. so much for that 🙁

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