Great desire for extended life and health amongst the American public

Yoni Donner, Kristen Fortney, Stuart R.G. Calimport, Karl Pfleger, Munjal Shah, Joe Betts-LaCroix*

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People want to live long, healthy lives. Previous surveys suggest very limited interest in much longer lifespans, but we show that stipulating good health changes responses to favor longer lives by an order of magnitude. Advances in aging research hold out hope for greatly slowed aging with associated good health. Understanding the public's desires correctly is important to avoid misallocation of resources for research.
Original languageEnglish
Article number353
Number of pages2
JournalFrontiers in Genetics
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2016

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© 2016 Donner, Fortney, Calimport, Pfleger, Shah and Betts-LaCroix. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.


  • survey research
  • life extension
  • lifespan
  • public opinion


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