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February 3rd, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Would you choose to live to be 100?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Imagine taking a pill that could help you live to be 100 years old.

Scientists expect such a drug to be ready for testing within three years; and they claim the pill could revolutionize aging.

Here's the deal: Researchers have identified three so-called Supergenes that allow those who have them to live to 100 years.

Two of these genes produce what is referred to as good cholesterol, which reduces the risk of heart disease and strokes. The third gene protects against diabetes.

People born with these three genes are 20 times more likely to reach 100 years old - even if they're overweight, heavy smokers, have a bad diet or don't exercise. In other words - they can maintain these unhealthy habits and still live longer. Those with these three genes in their DNA are also 80 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.

Now that scientists have identified these Supergenes, they're trying to develop a pill that will duplicate those genes so anyone can live that long.

Experts say this will eventually mean longer and healthier lives for millions of people.

However, the social implications of something like this are immense. We are already overpopulating the planet. And just think about the costs of Social Security, Medicare, etc. if more and more people start making it to 100.

Here’s my question to you: Would you choose to live to be 100?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Ross from Las Vegas writes:
Oh this is spectacular. Wasn't science worried about overpopulation and sustainable development? Now we're going to keep people here longer so we can consume as much as possible over a longer period of time? I choose to go when my time comes, not when some scientist decides I should.

Rose from Pennsylvania writes:
Yes, if I knew my five children and their families would live as well, that my husband and our closest friends would take the pill too. It is a terrible thing to outlive one's loved ones, especially one's children, and that may be a severe price to pay for such longevity.

Joe in Rock Hill, New York writes:
Jack, This planet is too populated and I can't see why in the world anyone would want to live that long...I'm calling Dr. Kevorkian if I make it to 80!

Lew from Florida writes:
I would absolutely take the pill. That’s about how long I need to live and continue to work in order to retire.

Buddy writes:
I would take the pill and give it to my family. Due to the potential social implications mentioned in the article, I wouldn't want anyone else taking it.

Buck writes:
He did not drink nor smoke nor chew.
His morals were not bad.
Nor did he live to see 100...
He only felt he had!

Bertha writes:
Jack, Years ago I remember my Daddy saying, "I don't mind dying. I just don't like the idea of not being alive." I'm with Dad on that. I'd love to live to be 100 if I still had a good, reasonably healthy quality of life. Sure.

Gordon writes:
No. I'm crowding 90 and old age is no fun.

Mike writes:
Damn right, I would! But you, Jack and Wolf, have to take the pill as well. Without you both, won't be much fun. If I could make it to 200 with two pills, I'd take two!

Kevin from Philadelphia writes:
I plan on living to 325. So, yes.


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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. Paul LaDonnick

    Of course I would love to see 100. You state about the cost of SS, but wouldn't the cost of medicare and for that matter health care go down? For those that are identified with the so-called Super genes, they should be banned from seeing any doctors being they are at little risk of heart disease, strokes and diabetes. As for saving and getting only 1% on my fix income I have a better chance of doubling my savings with the rule of 72 for doubling my money!

    Paul from Boca Raton Fl,

    February 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  2. Jeff

    Jack,

    The only thing holding back human progress is our lifespan. Imagine if all of the great minds had lived as long without the negative effects of aging.

    Overpopulating the planet? Who cares, it's not like it's the only one we got! There's others you know.

    February 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  3. drb

    If i could in a normal way eat, drink, sleep, hear, see, and operate the remote for my TV i would take pills to keep me alive till 100 and beyond. Bring it on!

    February 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  4. Louis in Los Angeles

    Sure Jack! Why not? When I have as many books to write as I have I could use all the time I can get.

    February 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  5. Matt from New York

    Human biology should only be so simple. There is no magic bullet and probably never will be. There are, however, lots of snake-oil salesmen who prey on people's fears, hopes and dreams, and are happy to take your hard-earned money (think multi-billion dollar vitamin and supplements industry). If you want to live to be a healthy centenarian like I do, then eat right, exercise regularly, get a good night's sleep, and hope that you've got the right genetic make up.

    February 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  6. Andy

    Hell yes!

    (Old joke: Growing old my suck, but it beats the alternative).

    On a serious note; social secuity retirement age, with or without this pill, should be indexed to life expectancy.

    Andy.

    February 3, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  7. Glenn Kozak

    Yes! I would choose to live past 100 if in good health.

    Mom is 90 and dad lived until 88. Must be some good genetics! My wife's grandmother is 99.

    Americans would be healthier if they ate only 1/3 the calories. Quality food, not super-sized quantity. Everyone should walk at least one mile per day, weather permitting. We are very LAZY!!!

    Health and Physical Fitness for ALL should be the #1 goal in this country. It would be the very best National Heath Care Plan.

    February 3, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  8. Shashi Paleti

    Hi,
    I am writing from Boston, MA.
    One should not worry about the social implications of a finding like this, because there are so many children who are suffering from heart deseases and diabetes. Just because of this one single reason, this reasearch should be 100% supported by all the governemnts accross the world. Human Mankind needs to make every human being's life happier and healthier.
    Thanks,
    – Shashi

    February 3, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  9. Adam H

    I would NOT choose to live to 100 even if it was possible in a pill. Once you get to 80 years old or so, your life starts going downhill. This is why babies and elderly both need diapers and care givers. There is a middle part of life, a beginning and an end. In my opinion, the end starts at 75-80. After that, your quality of life will degrade even if you live a long time.

    February 3, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  10. Marcy - Margate, Fl.

    I certainly would like to live to be 100 years old.
    At present I am 67 years old. I walk every day. I am not overweight, I do not drink, I do not smoke, I don't even have sex any more.
    I do not have Diabetes, Cardiac problems, or Hypertension.

    I have paid into Social Security and Medicare all my life and want to
    collect all I can. Hell yes, I want to live to be 100.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  11. Forever Twenty Two

    I'd only want to live to 100 if I could do it in relative youth. I'm not talking Benjamin Button, rather I want to get up to 50 then go back down to 0. 100 years of relative youth. That would be a pill worth taking. We need to stop trying to extend old age and stay forever 22.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  12. katey

    Yes, I would love to see 100! If I could feel well and still be in charge of my faculties and happy then yes!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  13. Nathan

    What you are really asking if I would take something that would protect me against heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Yes, I would.

    How many Medicare costs would be saved by less heart disease, stroke, and diabetes? A lot. These are not things which always cause instant death – they create a lot of recurring medical costs.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  14. Jared

    Jack,

    This is a huge internal dilemma that I'm sure is going to cause some religious debate and playing God but there are some pros and cons to this idea.

    I for one would love to live to be at least 100, living for a century would allow me to see so much change in the world, whether it be good or bad.

    Obviously the number of older people would skyrocket but with these supergenes we could live healthier and longer and thus work much longer and pay into social security for much longer than before.

    But will it upset the man upstairs? That's something the individual would have to come to terms with.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  15. Don Nelson

    I would be broke, Being a BOOMER has dramatically changed due to recent events, no thanks, I want to leave this world like I came in, with humility and not a burden. I hope my grown kids hear this.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  16. JD

    Jack, it is the quality of life that matters not length. A pill will not stop other disease processes or the natural erosion of body parts. These will not be resolved by a simple pill. I will not want to live to be 100 if I could not function independently and be a financial burden on others.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  17. Joseph Kavanaugh

    Jack,
    This planet is too populated and I can't see why in the world anyone would want to live that long...I'm calling Dr Kavorkian if I make it to 80!

    Postal Joe
    Rock Hill , NY

    February 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  18. psstoffgrandma

    You know I have been thinking about this now that I am in my 60's and my mother is 86. She is not happy to be out living her spouse, her children, her siblings, and her friends. She has great sadness. I do not think I would want to outlive all those people that I care about. If I could live on with my health and my family and friends then yes.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  19. Scott in California

    If I were healthy, yes. I watched my dad live for years after strokes and medication took his health and his mind.
    Bedridden with a feeding tube in your stomach is no way to live.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  20. r. lund

    It all boils down to quality of life, not quantity. If the quality of my life remained constant, I'd like to live to be 200. . . But if adding 10-20 years in a rest home is the scenario, forget it!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  21. Jim in Denver

    At this point in time, I would probably say no, but check with me again at about 95 and I might sing a different tune.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  22. Peggy Spokane,WA

    Sure Jack, the way things are going, we will all NEED to live that long to recover our losses from the last eight years plus years!!
    So, fill us up with our replacement parts, hips, knees, elbows and so forth and tie on our spring loaded shoes. Pass the magic pill bottle!! Baby Boomer Granny has to get to work!!!
    Provided of course these items will be covered under some sort of health plan!!!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  23. d morton

    I have had several situations that I did not expect to live through. In both situations I have had the time to make my amends with my God, and when I fineally realized I would survive It Was Anti Clamatic. I am not suicidal, but when it is my time I want to be able to talk to God and get ready to step into HEAVEN. My name is Don Morton, and I am proud of my reaponse.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  24. Marcia May

    Yes I would love to and if everyone lives longer than we will have to stay in the work force until we are 70 – 75. That wouldn't be a problem if we were healthier.

    Colorado Springs, CO

    February 3, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  25. Dave

    I'll hold out for the pill that turns me into an blue-skinned, ten foot tall, Na'vi.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  26. Amber

    I think it comes down to quality of life. If you are living to 100 because your body is hanging on, but enough things are going wrong that you don't really get to live as actively as you would like...no. But my grandfather just died a month before his 101st birthday and he was very active (driving, gardening, traveling, volunteering, etc.) well into his 90's. So if I got to really use my years like him – then yes! Plus those are our elders, and the more years of life experiences they have to share and pass on, the better it is for us. Someone aged 30 can't teach me nearly as much as someone aged 90 can!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  27. Jake, McKenzie, TN

    Adding to one's longevity is an agreeable thing, but only if one can have a quality of living that makes it so. Unless science can find a way to keep the body vital and the mind sharp, it could also be a life sentence in hell.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  28. Bob

    The only valid answers to a question like that would come from those who are 99. The rest of us will say "no way"

    February 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  29. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    Age is only relevant if you have a good health situation and still have all your mental functions intact. I think pharmacuetical companys just want another gimmick drug to sell us.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  30. Keith

    simply put..

    HELL YES

    February 3, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  31. Brad Velotta

    Certainly. More time with loved ones and the potential to influence great grand children and future society weighed against surviving the effects of a ill-equipped healthcare and terminal social security system is not a choice for me.
    Why would one work ones whole life for only 25 "golden years" when he or she could enjoy 35 years with loved ones?

    Colombia, South America

    February 3, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  32. Jeff A

    Unfortunately overpopulation is one of the major drawbacks to this. If I had the choice I would live to 100, as I'm sure many others would as well. Unless there is some sort of regulation on procreation, then this will elevate the overpopulation problem.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  33. Jeff

    Absolutely I would want to live to 100. I'd like to live to 300. There are other methods of controlling world overpopulation (just ask China), and costs of Social Security can be adjusted as well. Maybe move the retirement age to 70+ for folks with supergenes.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  34. Don from Belleville, Canada

    Yes, if I am reasonably healthy.
    I hope to visit Las Vegas on my 100th birthday (I am 62). I'm sure it will still be my favorite holiday destination.
    However, if my health falters, I truly hope that society has the guts to put me to sleep, because no country can afford to keep sick old folks alive, and I don't want to be a burden.
    Call them "death panels" if you want to be crass, but I see them as my best ticket out of hell on earth, which is how I view being old and sick.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  35. Dr. Aaron

    This is ridiculous, why reward people who treat there body like a trash can? So not only will overweight, heavy smokers with bad diets and no exercise be able to live longer, they will continue to eat too much, taking away form healthier people, and cause more destruction of the earth in the process. How can science figure this out but have no clue about how to cure many of the horrible diseases our society now faces. Oh wait, there's no money in a cure, but if you can keep unhealthy people alive longer then there will definitely be more money in "treating" them. UNETHICAL?

    February 3, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  36. Susan Frost

    Absolutely, as long as I can keep smoking, eating, not exercising and watching football! Do they have one that cures near-sightedness? The magic pill would virtually eliminate many of the illnesses that result in high health-care costs, and since I'm already over 60, I promise I won't overpopulate.

    Susan
    Tuscaloosa AL

    February 3, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  37. David

    Sure would. It takes 50 years of life to just scratch the surface of knowledge.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  38. Al in Pittsburgh PA

    Jack – you're worried about the wrong things, when you cite Social Security. If living to age 100 will be likely for all Americans, then we definitely need to implement strict term limits for all politicians! If not, just imagine how much damage some of these obstructionist incumbents could do over a protracted timespan!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  39. Vera, the coast

    I would choose to live to be 100 if I was in good physical condition and
    of sound mind.

    I wouldn't want to be senile, Jack.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  40. Carol S. White

    I'd choose to be 100 if I'm in excellent mental, physical and spiritual health. We've learned that age itself is not a factor, but lifestyle choices are, in most cases. I quit smoking at age 47 and began walking and mountain climbing with my husband, and from ages 60 to 65 I climbed all of New Hampshire's high peaks in winter - including Mt. Washington, noted for the highest winds in the world and known as The Killer Mountain. Get active! Eat all you want of low-calorie foods. Alcohol actually cleans out cholesterol, so imbib moderately. Life gets more fun each decade!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
  41. Chris

    Of course I would choose it. If government and private industry would develop better technologies to sustain a large population (water purification,vertical farming,greener energy,etc) then I think it could work out to everyone's benefit.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
  42. sjh

    My paternal granmothers side of the family routinely lives to 100. My grandmother is 99 and lives independently and has no health issues, and my aunt and uncle passed way at 105 and 109 respectively. The rest of the family branches are normal- living averaging 85-89. While the "normal branch" prayed to be taken in the last few years due to declining health, my grandmothers branch thanked god for each day given. I think its a matter of health. As long as you are reasonably healthy and independent- a long life can be rewarding.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
  43. Paul

    I think a more interesting question would be "if you could take a pill that would end your life right now peacefully and without pain, would you do it?"
    I wonder what percent would say "yes"

    February 3, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
  44. Troyzkoi

    This is not a good idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Overpopulation is already a problem, lets not try to make it worse please.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  45. Tony in Idaho

    Will this pill be compatible with Viagra? I only want to live that long if I can still have fun!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  46. ben stockton, calif

    heck yes, if i can still play golf., or i dont wet my pants doing so or remember where i am or yet better if it doesnt hurt to swing the club,. my aunt victoria still played her accordian when she was 100 years old. heck if you have some semblence of health why not. if not its time to meet your maker

    February 3, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  47. B

    100..? Lets see..HELL NO...

    February 3, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  48. John, Fort Collins, CO

    My wife and I were primary caregivers for all four of our parents. We learned that after age 75 all bets are off, and by the early 80's the quality of life is on a sharp downhill slide. At that point the elderly person falls prey to the system: nursing homes, CNAs who turnover every couple of months, and the aroma of pee and baby powder. The very bad part I have left unsaid...too gross for reality TV. I don't know about 100, but I have seen when "life" with dignity is over.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  49. Aine Lynch

    No thanks. But what particularly disturbed me about the article was the comment that REGARDLESS of poor health habits this gene enables one with longevity. We have enough narcissistic people incorporating poor health habits, yet impacting others insurance rates, and putting government costs out of control. We don't need to extend the problem.
    Anyone who is willing to pay their own way, in my estimation, can choose what ever life style they like. -But I think when we are all sharing costs we need to cooperate. There really IS no free lunch!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  50. Greg

    Let's see Jack,

    Live to a hundred and be relatively healthy, yes! I hope the pill comes out soon.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  51. Mark

    Jack: I guess that old saw about "stupid questions" is not true.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  52. Rick

    Why not? Some will say your playing God but if you believe we were made in God's image, are we not then Gods? It has been shown that people can perform miracles. I would take that pill because I would love to make certain that I have a great chance of living to watch my niece grow up. Is it selfish? Maybe. There's overpopulation, which would certainly be a problem in a case like this. Legalize euthanasia and it will probably rid of that issue. A pill to make you live longer, what will us crazy beings think up next?

    February 3, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  53. Stephanie

    That depends, Sir, on whether healthcare can be ironed out.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  54. Joseph

    Sure, why not? That way I'd be only a couple of years older than you and Wolf are now.

    Joe in Delray Beach, Florida

    February 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  55. Brittany

    No, I would not choose to live to be 100. There are myriads of reasons I will not go into here, suffice to say – enough is enough.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  56. Ryan

    Living a century means seeing the changes humanity and science develop. Consider the changes from 1910. How amazing is that?

    Ryan, Shillington PA

    February 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  57. Guy

    Ask me when I'm 99.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  58. Steve Casull

    Well at 48 I'd say no, I don't want to live to be 100, but ask me again at 99...

    February 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  59. Dave, CA

    Why not? We only have this one life, might as well make the most of it.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  60. Jack Beslanwitch

    I would indeed choose to be 100 or more if and only if the pill would be likely to reduce the chance of alzheimers and I could likely look forward healthy and productive older life.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  61. Deano Beano

    For the love of god, just kill me now! 36 is far enough.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  62. Craig Hoover

    No i would not choose to be a 100. I don't think i could take seeing the world getting more overpopulated than it already is. I hope to god that this doesn't go into affect.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  63. Michael (Winston-Salem, NC)

    I would rather not live to be 100, but I do want to live long enough to see the Cubs win the World Series.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  64. Gerardo

    I would but you got to admit that the poor aren't going to afford this

    February 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  65. Mike

    An individual who proves that he or she has genes worth passing on to future generations should be allowed to live to 100. Perhaps a "century test" could be administered on the basis of life success up to 50 years of age and those who pass can be awarded the pill to live to 100. I would choose to live to 100. I also know I would pass a test placing me in this nation's top .001%.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  66. Karl from SF, CA

    I’ll be 65 in a couple of weeks. My mom didn’t make 66 but my dad came up 2 weeks short on 90. If I can get another 15 or 20 good years, I’ll be happy. I have my personal bucket list and I should have it done by then. The body wasn’t made to last forever. Let me just forget to wake up some morning before I become a drooling zombie and a drain on others.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  67. James Wardlaw

    depends on which bodily functions are still working

    February 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  68. Tyler

    no, because i think when its time to go, its time to go. also the pill would increase the population and make food very scarce.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  69. Scott

    Absolutely would I love to live to a 100! No more social security, nice new old aged home, hot looking grannies and senile in a wheelchair, of course with my depends safely under my pillow. Can't wait!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  70. Chris

    No, I wouldn't want to live to 100, not even if that pill solved every medical problem we could ever have. I figure by 90 or so I'll be ready for a good, long nap.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  71. Charlie in Bremerton Wa

    Would I? Sure. Who wouldn't? No one.

    Here's my catch, make the pill an extra large daily suppository.

    Do you want to live passed 100 years now?

    February 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  72. joe zahn

    Hi Jack,- only if I can ride my Harley

    February 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  73. Stephanie Hager

    Would I choose to live to 100? I'm 42 now and am thinking no. However, ask me when I'm 80.

    Stephanie
    Snoqualmie, Washington

    February 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  74. Terry

    Yes I would because I am close to someone who is almost 100 – (my mother-in-law) and she has all her faculties and lives a wonderful life.
    She reads, does crafts, goes to lectures – she is living a full life!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  75. Black

    Jchoose to live until I die to decide when is above my pay grade. I do not wish to outlive my usefulness.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  76. Debra

    It's not a matter of wanting to live to be 100 for me...it's the possibility of NOT developing Alzheimers. My father had it and passed at 73, my mother at 87 is already on meds for it. I would take ANYTHING, including a spoonful of warm cow pooh, not to develop this disease. And there's always oleander tea if I do...

    February 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  77. John Kruger Springfield IL

    Yes! The pill should be created and taken by all. And all should create as many children as possible to pay for our selfish ways,

    John Kruger
    Springfield IL

    February 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  78. Brian Doue - Omaha, NE

    Choose? I'm planning on it.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  79. Joe Travis

    Jack, if I were to tell you that you have one minute to live, or to live to at least the age of 100, what would you do? I feel, that as long as we have a strong and clear mind, then we should try to live as long as possible. I would like to wake-up tomorrow morning with a smile : ) on my face.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  80. JoAnn C in San Diego CA

    That's a hard one Jack. If the country continues to decline I doubt I'd be willing to stick around that long. On the other hand I'd be the first one to sign up for any perk I could get my hands on!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  81. Richard

    I would love to live to be 100, but then I would like to be shot by a jealous husband while climbing out the window of his 22 year old wife's bedroom window. Hey, a guy can dream!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  82. Linda Richards

    No..no..no, no thank you! I'm 62 now. Three score and 10 would be plenty for me. Anyone who wants to stay here longer than that is welcome to the mess.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  83. Ron Knightwalter

    No,I just want to be healthy while I'm alive

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  84. PP Hernadez

    Jack,

    How long have you been taking those pills?

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  85. Deano Beano

    Paul Sign me up when you make one.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  86. G Reeves

    Yes, if I could be guaranteed of a few thing. One – that I would be relatively healthy. Two – that my children and grandchildren would also live that old. My plan would still be to have them outlive me. If not, well then I will just take my chances.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  87. Rajiim Gross

    Yes! I'd take the pill! Back in biblical times this wasn't uncommon. Not sure what we have done since then to lessen our odds of living past 70, but I would sure like to see the turn of the century, Again!!

    I just turned 39.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  88. C Williams

    I would love to see 100 but since I am a disable veteran the government would probably say" you do not deserve it".

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  89. Ric Kostick

    Absolutely would love the pill! We could just gradually raise the age for medicare and social security and average retirement ages should go higher as more people are able to work longer.

    Think about how much more wisdom the world can gain as I've heard many times from my parents and grandparents that you get wiser with age!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  90. Debbie

    I would only choose to live to 100 if I were in prime health right up to that time. If I became ill and miserable at age 70, what would be the point of prolonging the misery to 100? If this pill promises the good health, why not? If this became mainstream, of course a lot of laws, regulations and benefits would have to change. I wouldn't think you could collect retirement benefits at age 65 if everyone were living well beyond that. It would bankrupt every economy on the planet! People would just have to work longer. How many people are up for that?

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  91. Alissa

    Im scared to live until im 50, let alone 100 years old. who knows what our world would be like. These pills would be very expensive & by the time we could purchase them, we will all be dead broke, on the streets, THANKS to the economy conditions.
    i wish my family could, but me personally, no thanks, i dont want to live through the bad steps and years ahead to come.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  92. Mickey

    Yes! I want to live to be a 105 and get murdered by a jealous husband!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  93. Stephanie

    I still have hope for world peace. I'll hang in there until 100 plus just knowing this place is better off than when I was born.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  94. Donna

    If I could live in perfect health and continue to contribute to society, yes. If that couldn't be foretold, then most likely not.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  95. Barbara

    Most definitely.......How great would that be. So many things to see and do. One (1) one hundred year lifetime wouldn't even be enough...

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  96. Anton

    I would definately do it. I think most people would. If it works the creators will make alot of money.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  97. Dipak Shah

    No Jack. I will leave that to Wolfe. He has a cool name and good genes. Let him find out what would be the world in which we have climate and environmental issues; fight for clean water; and let him report that 50th American President George Z Bush attacked Brazil to claim water from Amazon!!!

    My best wishes to Wolfe and scientists who are messing with nature.

    Regards,
    Dipak Shah
    Marietta, GA

    February 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  98. Bill

    Presumptous that man is suppose to live and that it is in his hands and not nature or GOD.

    If you think it is a fairy tail that Christ put himself on the cross as an example that you "should be in the world, but not of it". At least consider the literary value as much as Vampires sucking the blood out of each other.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  99. Buck

    He did not drink nor smoke nor chew.
    His morals were not bad.
    Nor did he live to see 100...
    He only felt he had!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  100. Aya

    I plan on living to 108. One grandmother died at 99, other is 84 and takes care of herself(no aids).

    February 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  101. Loren, Chicago

    Only if I could maintain my quality of life and that means activity and intellectual levels and financial wherewithal. What good is it to be 100, drooling, confined to a bed in a public aid facility?

    As to overpopulation, the question is also whether I can be a productive member of society. Is there an age limitation on being productive? My grandmother was in her late 80's when she died, but up to then she had been providing home health care to seniors, in most cases a decade or so younger than she was. Does the knowledge that we can share suddenly diminish because we cross the 65 age line? There's nothing wrong with living to a ripe, old age.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  102. R. Rhoades

    Unless we can fix situations regarding over-population, long-term health care, impact on other necessary resources, and then somehow keep my bones from aching any more than they already do at 50, I don't believe life to 100 would be very enjoyable nor desirable. At least for me. I'll gladly take a shorter existence in this world.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  103. sammy

    who in their right mind would. its unnatural and the worlds population (where those who could afford it) may just explode. demand and supply of resources (both luxury and necessity) may become scarce. do we then leave the earth and over populate another planet?

    February 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  104. Richard Sanford

    Absolutely. Where can I get the pill. Who knows what advances will be made during that extended life time. We may even learn how to take care of the planet and how to get along as humans.

    Richard Sanfored

    February 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  105. Sanita Zvidrina

    For me the most important is quality not quantity of life...I am not sure that just living extra 25 years would be a great pleasure if the mental or physical state would not be there...I would say :NO!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  106. Brian

    Choose? I'm planning on it. If a pill can increase my odds, I'm all for it.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  107. Woody in Vestal NY

    I don't know. It's a difficult question. Several years ago, I knew a man that had reached that lofty age. He claimed it was a curse. You outlive every one you ever knew, you outlive all your children. No matter how healthy you are at that age, the world has no place for a hundred year old person.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  108. Libby Robinson

    Here's the problem Jack. People have always searched for the "Fountain of Youth". It's a dream. And people pay big for dreams. The first to obtain this, if it even worked would be the richest and the most egotistical. And wny would we want them around any longer? Could you imagine John McCain running when he's 96? Well, now, it seems it just might be possible. Yuck.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  109. Gregory J

    No Chance! While I like the prospects of a longer, healthier life being guaranteed, I would be more than happy making it into my 80's. If this could be achieved without any major bodily failures, all the better. Extending global life to 100 as a blanket is not a win.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  110. Tracey O

    Absolutely! Social ramifications as opposed to death?? I'll take living please! The govt needs to do it's job and work things out! What the heck are we paying them for? We're going to live longer than we can fathom in years to come. Hop Hop!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  111. David , Kennesaw, GA

    Nothing is better than living to see your great grandchildren and to see the next century. Taking these pills will take my worries away on these diseases and focus more on others.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  112. Rick

    I would live to 100 if that was the limit. A good long life with an expected end drives one to achieve, but anything longer promotes apathy. There are female ancestors and older relatives in my family who seem to have that magical combination of genetics, but we men are doomed with an expiration date of 70.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  113. Nebal

    Jack, I am absolutely against this kind of medicine. When it comes to death, I trust that nature will decide when I'll go, not a pill.Also, This pill may seem great, but I'm worried about possible side effects. This is exactly the same as what happened with steroids, it's probably not worth it compared to the side effects.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  114. Diane in MO

    Definitely a no-brainer answer: YES,,,as long as I felt that my health was in good shape, in which case living forever would even be greater!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  115. Earl Walker

    Absolutely. I want to live long enough for the public to become educated enough to be able to differentiate between lies and the facts. Since W was elected? the republicans keep repeating the same lies over and over until the public believes them to be facts. I hope I live long enough.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  116. mike

    Damn right I would! But you Jack, and Wolf have to take the pill as well. Without you both, won't be much fun. If I could make it to 200 with two pills, I'd take two!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  117. Marina Martinez

    Jack,
    I think you can go either way with this one. In one hand I believe that we should allow things to play out and not mess with the circle of life. On the other hand, there is so much out there today that people take that have increased our life spans. We live much longer then they did 100 even 200 years ago. So, whether or not I would take it, probably not, but is it any different then all the other pills we take today?
    Marina Martinez
    Lansing, IL

    February 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  118. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, you gotta be kiddin'. The way things are going downhill these days, can you imagine enduring such misery for 100 years. I'd prefer taking a 50 foot walk on a 10 foot pier.

    Gary Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    February 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  119. Martin

    The philosopher knows: If you do not want to live your life for another thousand years or forever – change your life.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  120. John Dandridge

    I would choose to make 100 only if I could live a heathy and useful life.
    To lose ones faculties and thus become a huge burden on the family both in funds and many other ways would not be my desire. The U.S. is already very short of PCPs so what will the story be 20 or so years from now? That needs to be fixed before we invent a way for all to live very long lives.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  121. erin

    I am 32 years old from Long Island, NY and have a five year old son. I would love to live as long as possible to see as much as my sons life as i could possibly see. I often have sad thoughts of passing away and not being able to be around for a long time for him.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  122. John Gay

    Absolutely not! (I'm 77 now.) Such a development would be an unmitigated disaster for the planet.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  123. eric gatlin

    Based on my lifestyle so far and the fact that I'm still alive makes me think I've already got 'em, but... hell yeah! add in the ability to keep me looking good and my junk hard and I'll pay said pharma more than I currently pay the feds.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  124. Sylvia

    Living in a retirement community, I come into contact with a larger than average number of people who are 100 or very close to it...if I can live the life style that most of those I know in this age range do, I say the older the better.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  125. Paul Banjoko

    Live to be 100 in good health? Why not!!! I would love to be around much longer with my beautiful children and be there to help out with the grand and possibly great grand children. To live long is considered a blessing which most of us pray for.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  126. fred

    i would, because we could adjust and limit people to a certain amount of children born to better control the population. i think that we can handle it as long as we know how to control it.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  127. james

    Yes. The way things are going, I can retire at age 85. That would give me 15 years to enjoy leisurely activities like painting and sipping tequila. And I would like to have all my mental faculties, my teeth and my wife and children around too. We would wheel about Western Europe in an RV if I can maintain a good driving record.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  128. sylvia teague

    Yes I want to live to be 100 and see my Grandchildren grow
    up, and see what they become and enjoy every moment.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  129. Nancy, Tennessee

    Sure, I'd like to live to be 100. People who make it to 100 are not the sickly kind, they enjoy good health so it sounds like fun. I hope I can still drive and have my wheels though. Love those sports cars.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  130. Anonymous

    I wouldn't want to live that long. Just because you live past 100 doesn't mean you won't have other problems. There are still diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's to worry about. Evolution has a way to balance out, if we find a way around it, it's not long before we have other problems to worry about. Why would we want to live to an age where mobility, memory and hearing stop you from enjoying your life? It's a good concept but theres a reason why people die.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  131. Frank Lock from Georgia

    Hey Jack,
    My longevity goal is to live to be 110. In July of 2061, Haleys Comet will reappear. I want to see it, then I'll be ready to be done. It was a flop in 1986, so I want a chance to see it.
    I have been running and training for more than 40 years – wanna run with me tomorrow? – so I expect to make it!
    In July of 2061 I'll still be able to explain what enriched uranium is, and you won't!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  132. Reg

    Jack, Why not? We take a pill for everything else. It;s the American way. We have Viagra and Cialis to extend our sex lives. Why not a super pill to extend our longevity. Sure makes sense to me, but somebody in government nees to figure out how to extend Social Security and Medicare> But maybe Obama and friends have a pill for that too!

    Reg, Florida

    February 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  133. Gordon Lee

    NO. I'm crowding 90 and old age is no fun.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  134. Bertha

    Jack,
    Years ago I remember my Daddy saying, "I don't mind dying. I just don't like the idea of not being alive." I'm with Dad on that. I'd love to live to be 100 if I still had a good, reasonably healthy quality of life. Sure.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  135. JC

    May not be able to remember who you are but you'd be 100. Not that it would matter, probably wouldn't be able to remember you are 100 either.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  136. Harry Butcher - Baltimore, MD

    Jack,

    Yes, I would want to live beyond 100 if it was a healthy and active life. I hope longevity would change our attitudes about allowing "elderly" workers to continue to work. So long as a person is healthy and can still make a significant contribution in his/her work, that person should continue working – even if that person is 100 or older.

    Harry – Baltimore, MD

    February 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  137. Raj

    umm no...then i would know what age i'm going to die.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  138. Jay-Deerfield Beach Florida

    I dont want to live to be 100 years old... with the way this country is headed... I'm scared to death of what I might see!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  139. Dan

    Yes. Despite all of the struggles that life presents to the average person such as myself, I would shout: YES! I realized this year at age 57.5 that my grandchildren will need help cleaning up the mess my age people created. What a mess we've made of this world. I volunteer to help.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  140. Lancelot of Saint Louis

    I say "kill the pill", Jack. Let us live life as best we can, then let us die gracefully – no aritifical flavorings allowed.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  141. Joan

    No way do I wish to live to 100. I am 75, healthy and still mentally alert and active. I have lived a good life and enjoyed every minute, but I do not wish to stick around to be a burden to anyone. There is absolutely not an intelligent way that we can care for a huge growth in our elderly.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  142. albert miller

    How much more proof do we need that our lives are programmed?

    February 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  143. wiseirishwoman

    If I have my Irish grandmother's genes and have good health I will! So will my siblings.
    She lived to be 103, almost 104. She was mentally sound. Her health was good.She still had that Irish wit and humor and was fun to be around. When my sister was asked what she had died of...
    We laughed because it was old age, but she's was only old because of her "age". At her Wake we passed around the bottled of Creme de Mint (even the Priest) and then buried it with her. She would have loved it!! To some age is a number and a disabiltiy. To others age is a state of mind.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  144. Tony in Tampa

    No I wouldn't, but I'm sure some major funding will come from Hollywood for further research. That pill may be available by the end of this year.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  145. Jo Beerman

    Yes, I would choose to live to be 100 years old. I have always wanted to even when I was a child. I want to stick around and see what becomes of the human race and this ole world for as long as I can. (Newark, Ohio)

    February 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  146. Jessica

    No thanks, I'm 28 now and I would like to live long enough to see my children grow up and my great grand children being born. I really would hate to put a burden on my children and have them take care of me in my old age. When it's my time just let me go happy and old!!!!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  147. Bob of Baltimore, Md

    Living to 100 is not a goal of mine. What about the rest of my family and friends. Would I work until I was 80? What is the advantage? I see none.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  148. Princeton

    Jack, how did our grand fathers live for more than 100 years? Certainly not through pills! I wish we could just hold on to what they did. In any case, that's an amazing Scientific discovery.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  149. CYN

    Jack, I am intending on it.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  150. Lynn

    Yes.....I'd love to be 100 and active and alert and most importantly relatively healthy. Live is worth living to the fullest......

    February 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  151. Alex, Escondido, Ca

    I'm just hoping I can afford to live until I am 50.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  152. Paul Chicoine

    Jack,
    I'd only take the pill to watch the Cafferty File. (no reruns)
    You and your staff will need a prescription.
    Just think, 50 more years of Jack.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  153. bruce

    Yes- my young children will want me around that long and I want to be around as long as possible to see them grow and help them however I can. I am a clean liver(and have a clean liver) and don't expect to be a drag on our health care system. Age is not necessarily a determinant of how well one thinks or serves others.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  154. gdylan1

    The decisions not necessarily ours to make; although if I did have the choice it would be yes, but knowing I had the choice I would continue praying for good health so as not to become a burden on others, keep working out and keep taking vitamins and minerals for the same reason as stated above, I DONT want to become a burden on the system or my family

    February 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  155. Andy from New York

    Sounds cool with me and I am not even a politician. Imagine Congress raising the retirement age to 80. Social security will be saved and the question of public health insurance would be irrelevant. The AMA would have a coronary though.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  156. Daryl

    Cheer up Jack, there's always cancer to reduce population. Maybe there will be more pandemics, our antibiotics will be ineffective the longer we use them and if terrorists (or Republicans) have anything to do with it we could succumb to war well before 100 yrs of age. Global warming will make our lives so miserable that we may wish we were dead. Food, water and fuel will eventually be scarce and we might have to go "Donner Party" which will also decrease population.

    Personally, if I can't see, hear, walk or eat and I'm in constant pain, I won't mind bowing out earlier. I'm just afraid that when I'm in my late 80's they will come up with a drug that will freeze aging and everyone else will have the body of 20 yr olds...now THAT"S scarey!!! Daryl

    February 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  157. heather Campbell

    I always wondered why my Dad is still alive (age 97). He smoked, drank and used to eat a half dozen bread rolls in a sitting, not to mention that his weight would qualify him for a candidate on the Biggest Loser. Now it comes down to genes. He calls me every night from his assisted living home and tells me he wants to die. Maybe we all stamped with a " date of expiration " and his is yet to come...

    February 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  158. Rick

    No, I wouldn't want to live to see 100. I have worked all my life and at the rate everything is going, I will be in poverty by that time!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  159. egoegoism

    Hey Jack:::who gave you or any other living creature life...Not you for certain....the ONE who gives life has the right to take it or determine how long it lives...Pills can affect genetic makeup-uually in the negative...Ponce de Leon must be laughing and laughing...DB

    February 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  160. joan bell

    I'm a Canadian,wntering in Mex. Diffently would not want to live to be 100. I can't afford all these rocking chairs! I am healty as a horse but can't wait to begin the good life, beyond! So they tell me!! Joan Bell

    February 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  161. Carol Henly

    I'd love to live a long life if I could share my life with someone. My husband died 7 years ago, and I must say facing 100 years alone is a bit daunting. If I could find someone like you Jack, I'd definitely want to give it a try. You're smiling, right?

    February 3, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  162. DX

    I believe many people would choose to live to be old age but not artificially. If u live right God will bless u so u do not have to take pills to do so.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  163. Rick In Va.

    Sounds like it a gereral consensus, that as long as quality of Life is good and your were able to be around the people you love it would be great. But there are the social implications like Social Security and now if you retire you will need to to have more money to maintain that quality of life for a longer period. But bottom line no one wants to die unless they can live without pain and be mobile and have peace of mind as well as being surrounded by love ones.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  164. Stephanie Hager

    Better ask my kids who will be in their 70's by then.
    Snoqualmie, WA

    February 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  165. Elliott Kraus

    Too good to be true. You can smoke like crazy, get lung disease and still be 100. You can eat, get really fat so you can't move and still be 100. You can drink and drink, your liver rots and your still 100. This souns like one of those late night infomercials.

    BUT, I'll pay 19.95 for a "free" trial-please throw in some steak knives.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  166. robert

    I think everyone would like to live to be a centurien, My father lived to be 95 years old ! and the only reason he died...was he cought pnuemonia , after having alzhimers for 5 years. it shuts down your imun system, so he could not fight it! but I think he lived a long life becuase ..He had 10 kid's, was hard of hearing, and no teeth ! the kid's kept him young, ( no stress ) because he could'nt hear all the bad news or yelling ! and the teeth, ..well, try chewing meat ! but he did chew tobacco. Maybe he had the genes!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  167. Linda - NJ

    No way would I want to live that long especially if it requires medical intervention – knee replacements, hip replacements, days filled with pill taking – not for me. Let the Health Care Industry make their money off of someone else! Finally, we truly do need to take into consideration how overcrowded this planet is at this time in history.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  168. BJ

    No, I am bored at 33 I can't remember living to be 100. My great-grandmother lived to be 101 without a pill. She had all her faculities but kept shaking her head saying. "I'm tired" and she didn't mean physically.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  169. Millie

    I want to live to be 100! My Great Grandmother lived to be 102yrs old and loved it! I'm one of those who wants to see and experience "The Rest of The Story"! Sign me up!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  170. Dr Charles---mombasa,Kenya

    Yes please,why not? Life is too sweet to die early.The overall death rate is growing than birth rate,the the human species might be endangered in the next 100years to come,especially in this era of hiv and aids plus othr upcoming viruses like h1n1.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  171. Adam Jellison

    Jack,
    No thank you. Most major problems in this world, such as poverty, climate change, and even natural disasters, would not exist if we had a smaller overall population. I challenge anybody to prove me wrong on that statement. Do people actually think that we can continue to grow the world's population with no major problems? All I can say is WAKE UP! A pill that guarantees a longer life. NO WAY Jack!
    Adam
    Pennsylvania

    February 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  172. Roger Cook

    Duh! I'd live to be 1,000 if I could and if I could be healthy while doing it and if I had the financial resources or if somebody has the financial resources or if I could borrow the financial resources or steal the financial resources (but not go to prison over it as it only makes sense) or just to see if I could or if my family and friends could also live to be a 1000 or ................

    February 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  173. M. Ligaya Francisco

    Please I beg to differ. It is hard to believe there could be a "magic pill " for longevity for all of humanity. We all live in all kinds of environment, all kinds of influences, all kinds of lifestyles. I keep in mind the reports about the "Blue Zone" areas where people live very healthy long lives. I keep in mind my own parents both almost a 100 now. Supergenes they do not have for sure. The Supergenes research at best will promote another pill to contend with.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  174. dave

    Jack- i realize my position is not like many others but here it is. you only have two options.Above ground or below ground.thats it. So i want the dates on my headstone to be as far apart as possible. I figure any day above ground has got to be better than a day below ground,period!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  175. Ellen- St. Augustine, Florida

    Jack, I'm not sure if I'd want to live to a hundred, but I hope you do. On the other hand, we better hope that Ahmadinnerjacket, Kim Jong-ILL, and Paris Hilton don't get their hands on this thing in three years.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  176. Manny

    I dont know, 100 years is a long time and the world IS, after all, becoming overpopulated. Im not sure I would take the pill. There's a reason why people only live to a certain age. Besides, who wants to live to be THAT old, I know I don't, only if it meant being old and still looking and feeling 60.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  177. Dori Blohm

    If the pill only prolongs one"s life your and doesn't take away pain from injuries, arthritis, etc.,then my answer is not just no, it"s HELL no!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  178. Pete from CT

    Sure, I'd take a pill to get to 100. By that time, there'll no doubt be a pill that REVERSES aging & I then can start taking that pill...

    February 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  179. ray goodman

    Would you choose to live to be 100?--> yes let me live it should be my choice its like medicine the way i see it. its kind of like if you have a bad heart you can take the medicine and live or you can throw it away and die its your choice. look at me 78 im in good health i run 5-10 miles a day and i take my multivitamins everyday i know time is running out for me i think it should be my choice if i want to stay with my kids for a few more years.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  180. John McQuarrie

    You bet I would and I'll tell you that one group that also want those 100 candles –– MOST OF THE FOLKS WHO ARE NOW 99!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  181. Aruna

    Immagine everybody living a hundred years. Sure, people that cannot afford the money for the pill will do anything to get the pill. IT will be down-right caotic. People that are refusing to die,will be killed to make room newer generations. I say no to the pill and let us all live and die naturally.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  182. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    Okay, what's the point of living to be 100? especially if all your friends are dead and you're in a nursing home being abused by orderlies, because you no longer have relatives who care about you.

    This whole idea of the 100 year plus pill sounds like people too afraid of facing their Maker or their judge or having to justify all the evil they did to gain the money to afford the pill. I live every day like it was my last and it's making me a better person.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  183. Terence Gaffney

    Jack...you always have interesting things going! YES, of course I would like to live to 100 years – AND BEYOND! Providing I'm not in poor health and able to walk and read and watch Jack on TV. As people's health improves and they live longer – then retirement should be at 70 or 75. OR if enough money coming-in STILL pay into Social Security. Now how about that???

    February 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  184. Brienn

    Hell know I would not take a pill to prolong my life,
    I am not the author nor finisher of my life. Lines have to be drawn, like you said our planet is over populated as it is. I understand people are scared of death, but that is something we all will have to face at some point. Whenever this pill hits the market it is going to sell like hot cakes, cause we are a selfish society that will do anything to live another day.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  185. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The choice has already been made for me , I inherited the Supergene.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  186. Helene

    Unfortunately, we cannot predict what unexpected side effects these artificial gene-imitations will cause, so we have no idea whether this "boon" of added years will be a blessing or a terrible curse to those who have taken the pills. Better to eat healthfully, live clean, exercise regularly, and leave the rest to God.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  187. Daniel Murfreesboro, TN

    Personally no Jack. But I think it depends on the person, their background, lifestyle and most importantly their attitude. Not some fancy pill.
    Years ago I saw a special on the TV show 20/20 onCentennarians – people a 100 years or older – the study and report was done to find out (aside from diet, exercise, and lifestyle) what did the centennarians have in common: What they found were 3 constitent themes among the super elderly: 1) a sense of humor, 2) positive attitude, and 3) the ability to cope with loss. Think about it Jack. If you live to be a 100, you not only have outlived your generation, but possibly even your own children. I creid when they asked a 102 year old woman who had just lost her 77 year old daughter a few days before the interview how she felt about outliving her only child. Her answer blew me away: She said well, when my daughter was born, I felt she was a gift from God to me. Now that's she's gone, I feel I'm giving that gift back to God. That's something no scientist can ever get from a pill Jack. An attitude of gratitude.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  188. Willow, Iowa

    I work with the elderly. And if I could live happily like some I know, using the nursing home as a laundry, cafeteria, housekeeping, it'd be great. I know a woman, 103, that would come out of her room with a suitcase, sign out, and go with her daughter to Albuquerque to visit. Three days later, she'd be back. She color coordinated her clothing, read the newspaper front to back, and one day, just quit eating, drinking or getting up. Died a few days later. Now that's the way to live to 100. Not like the majority I see every day at work.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  189. Jeff S

    What a stupid idea! The world is already overpopulated, now we need to completely overburden the health care system with drug created centenarians? I don't think so. It's completely unethical and without merit.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  190. Jim Davis

    As long as I can be alert, healthy and strong, I'd LOVE to live to be 100! My great-grandmother lived to 97 and was still running her own farm when she was hit by a car. At that, it took her three days to die. I'm healthier and stronger now, at 55, than I was in my 40s. Today I saw a man in the gym who looked to be in his mid-60s. He told me he was 85! I want to BE him in 30 years, still exercising, still learning, and still growing!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  191. Master Yoma

    No I wont living for anther 60 to 80+ year why cant they make life better then longer

    February 3, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  192. Mari Fernandez, Utah

    Jack, I would love to grow old and celebrate my 100th birthday, only IF I were of sound mind and body. I do not want to burden my loved ones, hanging on, if I am sickly.

    PS. As a Christian, I am not afraid to die, its part of living! Peace.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  193. Frank

    Please don't cite 'playing God', or should we stop all life-saving procedures? Why would a pro-active life extending measure be any different from a reactive life saving procedure?

    What I am thinking about in this context would be to possibly outlive my children, which I would not want to do. I don't think I could bear the thought...

    February 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  194. robert

    My grandfather will turn 101 years old this coming September. Heart is working just great and does not have diabetis or alzheimers. Can still hold a great conversation and knows all his children, grand children, great grand children whenever they visit him. He was born in El Salvador eating very unhealthy. So...he must be a recipient of these two super genes or God has just been good to him.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  195. William Courtland

    So those guys who lived for almost a thousand years in the bible.

    Who wants to bet that they never had mononeucleosis. 95% of the worlds population has Mono, and that is the leading cause of death on the face of the planet.

    Animals die faster, people get sick easier and can not metabilize food to its highest degree.

    It is all about fornication. If pregnancies are planned and only happen once every twenty five years: with separation in sensual acts between you and your partner, you can take those twenty five years to refresh your system and return to a youthful state: so long as you are not being fed sperm to open you powers of conception...

    Superdrugs? How about just clean living. Yes Semem has power: and thus a responsibility: but semen can also deliver death. 95% have mono.... That is the majority being fed sperm for carnal powers of hypnosis: to give power to the Vampire who seeks power but not true immortality: and want for capital power.

    Nomads in the desert: free from such taint of flesh... Unclean discharges please leave the Exodus for seven days... male or female. If you need to become a Nazarite: it is because you are mentally raped and have been incepted with sperm for to long.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  196. bottomlesssoul

    I notice an ugly theme here about people being a *burden* when they are old. They are not. We owe them our greatest debt, they built this world from nothing, no computers, no TVs, almost no phones and air travel only for the rich. They built all those things for us, they are not burdens.

    Another very sad theme here is not wanting to be a burden for their children. I didn't ease my mother's last years because it was my duty, I was there because it was my pleasure. You can build relationships like that with your children, they don't have to be strangers.

    Russell Letkeman
    Cambodia

    February 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  197. Carol Dusey

    Only if I was still active and helping to make a positive difference in those in our world who need help; otherwise, I'll just be taking up space and what's the point in that!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  198. Adam

    Yes i would love live to 100. It would mean more time to repent to God.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  199. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Jack I want to live as long as my rooster crows .

    February 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  200. Mike in Indiana

    Fear not, most people will not have their lives extended by the pill; they will use the pill as an excuse to eat more, smoke more and excercise less.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  201. Chad from Los Angeles

    No way! I would not do that to my children! Our social security and healthcare problems are all assoicated with people living past 80.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  202. Jim

    Is that what American has become, take a pill for everything and be responsible for nothing, even your own good health? No wonder half the population is too fat and or addicted to something. God help America.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  203. Bill in Fargo, ND

    No way. For me to live to be 100 with the miserable shape the world is in now would be utter hell.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  204. jerry from Oklahoma

    Sure. Would love to spend an additional ten more years in an old folks home constantly watching the door hoping a visitor will care enough to visit and throwing my bedsheets back every time the nurse comes in.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
  205. Larry

    Oh, Brave New World! Pass the soma bottle. I'm ready for it. Seriously, I would like to see what the world is like 100 years after my childhood, just to see how things have changed, but oly if I could still take care of myself.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  206. Nick from Canada

    Probably a bad idea just like the cloning. Yes everyone would want to live longer. But is it fair or healthy for the others and our planet? Definitely no.
    Perhaps the offer should come as two pills: Take the 130 year old white pill first and when you start feeling hated by everyone because you lived too long and received too much Medicare and retirement money, then you can take the black pill...

    February 3, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  207. Jean Smith

    My mother was born in 1899, died in 2005. She saw 3 different centuries and she did not need a 100 year pill. Maybe she had those magic genes the pills provide. Maybe I do too, at 80 I don't have too long to wait to find out.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  208. jj

    What appeals to me is reducing the possibility of Alzheimer's. I would buy in to that.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  209. Brenda Hall from Randolph, NJ

    My favorite activity in life is eating wholesome tasty food. As the years go by food seems to keep tasting more and more dull. I do not look forward to living to be 100 when "I can't get no satisfaction!"

    February 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  210. Robert Stacey

    Jack, Jack. We gotta get congress to pick number. Then let us expire when the time comes.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  211. Andy

    I want to live as long as possible so I can see what leaps we make in technology. Someone that is 100 now was born in the Model-T era. Think of how much has changed since then.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  212. Cold Man

    I would take the pill as long as there are no other side effects associated with it. Not everyone who takes this pill will live to see 100 still. So I might as well have one more thing to help me get the most out of my time here on earth.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  213. jean from orlando

    Jack,

    Choosing how long I should live is not up to me. We can take that pill and get hit by a train a day later

    February 3, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  214. Guy from Hawaii

    As long as they don't give them to politicians!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  215. Sam In Cali

    If it meant a healthy 100, then yes. Call me when they figure out how to extend our looks AND our health past 100 years of age.😉

    February 3, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  216. Thomas

    I am fifty years old, when I was told back in 1985 that I was HIV positive I told the people around me that my goal was to live to be 100.
    I don't know how many believed me but twenty five years later I'm still here, and more aware of the world around me that ever before.
    Think of the amazing and wonderful things the world and the people who inhabit it will accomplish in the next fifty years.
    How could anyone want to miss it.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  217. Amazon Woman

    Yes I would'nt mind at all living to be a hundred or more if after the age of 45 years , the clock of age would turn to tick-tocking backward to about FOREVER YOUNG AT 25 YEAR .... and stay there .... Now that is Real Science and something to talk about .

    February 3, 2010 at 7:44 pm |
  218. Denard Gauze

    Yes Jack, I'd like to live for 200 years just to amused by the politicians of the times to come, I don't think they'll change for the better.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  219. Cardinal N Walkin

    Hi there Jack
    My Bible says, "The length of our days is seventy years- or eighty , if we have strength..." (Psalm 90:10 NIV) Would the pill be able to change that? Croydon, South London

    February 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  220. John

    We don't need this pill. Some people have already lived long enough.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  221. Ken Cahill

    I'm nearing sixty, and think I can stand myself for another 40 years or so. The problem is, I'm not a millionaire. The same forces at work to prevent meaningful health care reform will insure that any such miracle drug will never be made affordable to the general population. Do you think all those possible centenarian billionaires want thousands more of the "old" unwashed masses cramping their style? I guess I'll have to get there the old-fasioned way.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  222. Wmscot

    I would take the pill if it would knock off the 50 pounds I am carrying around so I would enjoy being 100.
    Tacoma

    February 3, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
  223. Gujji

    Good luck to social security and medicare if everyone starts living to 100!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
  224. Jim in Indiana

    I would take the pill if I could have another pill to quickly and painlessly end it all when things get bad.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
  225. Penny, Bellvue WA

    Western countries have declining birth rates and negative population growth if you exclude immigration. People are wringing their hands about the aging of America. We could easily use such a pill here without negative consequences.

    The problems arise if you give the pill to people in Third World countries who already have 10 kids and the whole family is starving. They can't support their current population, let alone more.

    It would have to be illegal to ship these magic pills to any country that doesn't have responsible family planning and can support its own population without outside aid.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  226. Briand

    I think we should all take the pill if it reduces adult onset diabetes since that will cost effectively minimize one of the most expensive chronic conditions in our health care system. That pill alone might work better than any type of health care reform legislation!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  227. JR

    At 61 I have a large and growing list of ailments, I'm not sure I want to live to 75, certainly not 100.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  228. Elisabeth Jacobs

    No, I don't want to live to be 100. The world is overpopulated enough without having the rich (and you know those pills will be expensive), keeping on using our scarce resources. I am not afraid to die, it happens, and that stage is supposed to be heavenly.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  229. Michael from Ft. Hood, Texas

    Not if it meant putting up with the garbage that goes on daily now. Jack our country is almost bankrupt, our government broke and corrupt beyond repair, our nation has few morals, and the future is bleak if it even exists. Who would want to add years to their life for that type of mess.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  230. Geoffrey Paugam

    If I live to 70 ill be a happy man, it's lifes cycle, and thats the way it is.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  231. David in SLC

    I would take it. The caveat we all put on our answer to the question, "Do you want to live to be 100?" is yes IF we can preserve a quality of life.

    The cost of extended care under any medical plan would be outweighed by the cost savings of having fewer treatments for heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer. In fact, i would think that insurance companies would give a discount to people who have taken the drug.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  232. Nick DeLuca

    No I would not like to live to be 100 im 22 years old now I dont think id like the fact that someone would have to take care of me while im sitting around waiting to die cuz seriously what can you do when ur 100 years old and id really hate to see what our world looks like in 78 years it will probally be sad!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:50 pm |
  233. steve janus ny

    No, I would not want to live to 100 yrs. old. Over 80 usually you are
    practically helpless and not enjoying life much anyways. In addition, I don't think I will have enough money to live comfortably for that long, but thanks anyway.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
  234. aaron

    I would take it, and if we have the ability to make such pills then I have great hope that we will be also come up with the technology to save this planet and prevent overpopulation problems.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:52 pm |