Death is not a topic that anyone likes to think about, and that is just as true of advocates for longevity science as anyone else. We have to recognize, however, that the future of greatly extended healthy lives, produced by technologies, regenerative medicine, and medical nanotechnology, will not arrive soon enough to benefit everyone but still a big question arise again and again, Is death optional ? Well, at the present moment, no, but that hasn’t stopped many from searching to cure that fate we all share. This QUIZ explores what it will take to live forever.

So start answering the following question....

1. In Transhuman terms, what is the process of "uploading"?
2. What year did physics teacher Robert Ettinger propose the idea of cryonics?
3. According to Ian Smith at the Institute for Stem Cell Research, what type of cells may hold the immortality "master" gene?
4. What is the unfortunate side-effect of immortality for the Struldbrug, an immortal race in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels?
5. DARPA's BioDesign program is researching synthetic organisms that could be programmed to live forever. What will these organisms include?
6. According to transhumanist thinkers, what is a "posthuman"?
7. One problem with cryopreservation has been the trauma of the process. A deep freeze causes the formation of ice crystals, which destroy the body's cells. Which recent discovery does away with freezing?
8. With cryonics, at what temperature is a body preserved?
9. What year does futurologist Dr. Ian Pearson predict humans will be able to upload their consciousness onto computers?
10. How does the Turritopsis nutricula, also known as the "immortal jellyfish," achieve immortality?
11. What is the central premise of transhumanism?
12. What is the name for the field that studies the aging process?
13. Which U.S. presidential hopeful ran on the platform that he was immortal?
14. According to those who study the aging process, what is the natural maximum human lifespan?
15. What is a neural prosthesis?
16. What reason do transhumanists give in defense of using technology to circumvent the natural biological process of death?
17. Which animal shows almost no outward signs of aging?
18. What is rejuvenation biotechnology?
19. Which baseball legend had himself cryogenically "preserved"?
20. Leading immortality theorist Aubrey de Gray is working on SENS, a tissue-repair strategy that will, in theory, allow for immortality. What does SENS stand for?

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