11/19/2012 07:54 am ET | Updated Nov 21, 2012

‘Immortal' Cells: Is It Biologically Possible For Humans To Live Forever? (VIDEO)

Given the chance, would you want to live forever? In the Epic of Gilgamesh, written over 4,000 years ago, a Sumerian king seeks eternal life. And 500 years ago, Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon came to the Americas searching for the fountain of youth. Every generation, a new ploy for outsmarting the reaper emerges--always futile, always in vain. But is the key to immortality within reach? Some people think that technology will help us cure diseases, build new organs, and essentially reprogram our bodies' faulty software. Futurist Ray Kurzweil calculates that 20 years is all it'll take for this exponential boom in computing power to help us live forever. But other scientists are more skeptical. They say that to understand immortality, we must understand our own DNA.

Watch the video above and click the link below to learn more about our quest for immortality and how, in some ways, we have already achieved it. Sound off in the comments section below, and as always, talk nerdy to me!


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