What if there were a pill that could add decades to your life? Would you take it? For thousands of years, people have searched for elixirs that could delay death and extend human life. Could new advances in medicine finally make this a reality? From madcap medicine to cutting-edge science, the quest to unlock the fountain of youth is teeming with dreamers, skeptics and charlatans alike.
The animal world is full of age-related curiosities. Tiny aquatic creatures called hydras don’t age at all, while small dogs live twice as long as big ones. Pets may be the first to benefit from medicines that slow aging, which could pave the way for similar drugs for people.