A Message from Aubrey de Grey

I’ve written about the Methuselah Foundation in the past. I think they are doing extremely important research and they should be supported.

Methuselah Foundation logo

Here’s a email from biogerontologist Aubrey de Grey:

Hello Michael,

I’m writing to you about a great situation the Methuselah Foundation find itself in until Dec 31, 2007.

You might recall in 2006 that Peter Thiel made a 3 million dollar Matching Challenge to SENS Research, where he matches 50% of donations to research until the end of 2009.

Well our performance and Thiel’s example have prompted a supporter and Three Hundred Member, Michael Cooper, to join Peter Thiel and he is offering a $25,000 Matching Challenge of his own until the end of this month.

What’s great is the donations are matched cumulatively. That is, a $1 to research is first matched with $1 from Cooper. This $2 is then matched by Thiel’s Matching Challenge with $1 bringing the total donation to $3.

In this way, a donation of say, $100, is TRIPLED to $300.

…but this multiplier only lasts until the end of this month.

Perhaps you might be interested in helping Cooper and Thiel move along in generously turning their matching challenge dollars into research?



I’ve made my first small donation a few weeks ago, and I’ll make another one before the end of the month. I encourage you to do the same.

If you want to learn more about Aubrey’s work and theories, a good introduction is this TED video. For more in depth information, see this longer talk at Google or Aubrey’s book.

See also:

4 Responses to “A Message from Aubrey de Grey”

  1. Steve Olson Says:


    I first read about Aubrey de Grey in the MIT Technology Review. Brilliant man! If he is right, then we have a lot of questions to answer. Population is the biggest one. Will it need to be regulated? Or could the planet support tens of billions more people.

    One separate subject…

    Did you get my questions? The one’s on economics and the environment? I haven’t heard from you since I sent them.

    Take care.

  2. Michael Graham Richard Says:

    Hi Steve,

    Have you read De Grey’s book? Lots of detailed answers in there.

    You can also find some of them here and all around the SENS website:


    Also check out the TED talk if you haven’t; it’s only 18 minutes long, but great stuff.

    As for the email, I got it but haven’t had a chance to reply yet. It’s quite a bit longer than I expected šŸ˜‰

  3. Steve Olson Says:

    I haven’t read it. But I will put it on my list.

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